Environmental offsets | Brisbane City Council

Environmental offsets

Brisbane City Council is currently undertaking planting and restoration works across Brisbane, and has already established six environmental offset sites.

In line with Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031, the program plays a vital role in helping Council achieve its goal of 40% natural habitat cover on mainland Brisbane by 2031.The offsets and restoration program balances the impacts on habitat as our city develops.  

The selection of sites and carefully planned restoration activities, also help to ensure that Brisbane’s natural habitat cover is connected and healthy. Council is continually looking for new potential offset sites across the city, where land and habitat can be restored.

The offset plantings are undertaken in accordance with requirements of the Queensland Environment Offsets Act (2014) (QEOA) and support Brisbane becoming clean, green and sustainable. The works may include:

  • planting native species that are consistent with the existing regional ecosystem
  • mulching for erosion control, soil moisture retention and weed suppression
  • placing coarse woody debris (including logs, old tree stumps and large branches) to provide immediate habitat and refuge for fauna
  • installing natural and/or artificial hollows, perches and nesting sites in existing trees, or on habitat poles, to provide a safe place for local wildlife
  • weed management and existing native vegetation maintenance.

The coarse woody debris used within our restoration sites, is taken from trees that is sourced from storm clean-ups or development sites, that would have otherwise been chipped or mulched.

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2018 environmental offset restoration sites

Council is currently establishing nine new sites for offset restoration, with works expected to be established by June 2018. These sites, include:

Parkinson Bushland, Parkinson

Council will be undertaking environmental restoration work on 5,700 m2 of land at 183 Johnson Road, Parkinson.  Works will involve:

  • planting more than 4,700 native species including spotted gum and scribbly gum
  • laying 31 m3 of mulch to suppress weed growth and promote a healthy soil.

The restoration of this site will improve habitat for koalas, gliders and spotted tail quolls.

Sergeant Dan Stiller Memorial Reserve, Larapinta

Council will be undertaking environmental restoration on 15.7 ha of land at the Sergeant Dan Stiller Memorial Reserve located at 200 Staypyton Road, Heathwood; 1059 Paradise Road, Larapinta; 345 Wadeville Street, Pallara.  Works will involve:

  • planting more than 4,700 native species including broad-leaved paper paperbark, scribbly gum and swamp box
  • laying more than 940 m3 of mulch to suppress of weeds and promote a healthy soil.
  • installing 30 nest boxes.

The restoration of this site will support many of Brisbane’s significant species, including the powerful owl and greater glider.

Brisbane Koala Bushland, 107 Alperton Road, Burbank

Council will be undertaking environmental restoration work on 7.0 ha of land at 107 Alperton, Burbank. Works will involve:

  • planting more than 5,500 native species, including tallowwood, broad-leaved paperbark and grey ironbark
  • laying approximately 3,000m3 of mulch to suppress weed growth and promote a healthy soil.
  • installing 10 nest boxes to support native fauna.

The restoration of this site will increase the total area of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands, helping to support the koala and other significant species.

Brisbane Koala Bushland, 144 Alperton Road, Burbank

Environmental restoration works will be undertaken by Council on 2.2 ha of land at 144 Alperton Road, Burbank.  Works will involve:

  • planting approximately 2,600 native species including broad-leaved paperbark, scribbly gum and swamp box
  • laying more than 1,200 m3 of mulch to suppress weed growth and promote a healthy soil.
  • installing five nest boxes to support native habitat.

The restoration of this site will support many of Brisbane’s significant species including koala and wallum froglet.

John Sprent Reserve, Moggill

Council will be undertaking environmental restoration woks on 6,380 m2 of land at John Sprent Reserve adjacent to the Brisbane River. Works will involve:

  • planting more than 1,900 native species including Queensland blue gum and flax leaf paperbark
  • spreading 200 m3 of mulch and 600 jute squares (in areas too steep for mulch) to suppress weed growth and promote a healthy soil

The restoration of this site will support many of Brisbane’s significant species including koala, powerful owl and greater glider.

Old Northern Road Park, McDowall

Council will be undertaking environmental restoration works at 309-315 Old Northern Road, McDowall on 1.24 ha of land on a conservation reserve, with the Cabbage Tree Creek catchment. Works will involve:

  • planting more than 2,200 native species including river oak, weeping lilly pilly and small-leaved fig
  • laying more than 1,300 m3 f forest mulch to suppress weed growth and promote a healthy soil
  • installing five nest boxes to support native fauna.

The restoration of this site will support many of Brisbane’s significant species including koala.

Telegraph Road, Bracken Ridge

Council will undertake environmental restoration of 7,500 m2 of land at 544 Telegraph Road, Bracken Ridge, within the Cabbage Tree Creek catchment. Council will be:

  • planting approximately 1,600 native species including swamp box, bloodwood and brown kurrajong
  • laying more than 1,200 m3 of mulch to suppress weed growth and promote a healthy soil
  • installing seven nest boxes to support native fauna.

The restoration of this site will support many of Brisbane’s significant species including squirrel glider.

Dianella Reserve, Brighton

Council will undertake environmental restoration of 6,900 m2 of land with the North East Wetland Reserve. Council works will involve:

  • planting 450 native species including forest she-oak and small-leaved paperbark
  • laying 400 m3 of mulch to suppress weed growth and promote a healthy soil

Armisfield Street Park, Doolandella

Council will undertake environmental restoration works at Armisfield Street Park, 110 Brookside Street, Doolandella.  A 2.1 ha area of reserve will be restored within the Oxley and Blunder Creek catchments. Works will involve:

  • planting more than 1,900 native species including grey ironbark and smooth-barked apple
  • laying more than 670 m3 of mulch to suppress weed growth and promote a healthy soil.
  • installing nest boxes for native fauna.

The restoration of this site will support many of Brisbane’s significant species including forest kingfisher and squirrel glider. 

11 July 2018