Established environmental offsets sites | Brisbane City Council

Established environmental offsets sites

Council has established six environmental offset restoration sites across the city. ""

Greencamp Road, Wakerley

Council purchased 8.5 ha of land at Greencamp Road, Wakerley between 2009 and 2016 through the Bushland Acquisition Program. Offset works began at this site in November 2016.

At this site, Council has:

  • restored approximately 6 ha in the Mookin-Bah Reserve which forms part of the larger 500 ha estate, known as the Bayside Parklands
  • planted 7892 plants including pink bloodwood, northern grey ironbark, coastal grey box, black she-oak and hickory wattle
  • spread more than 6000 m³ of mulch
  • provided approximately 1.75 km of coarse woody debris
  • installed 25 nest boxes to provide wildlife habitat.

The restoration of this site supports many of Brisbane’s significant species including spotted grass frog, great brown brood frog, sugar and squirrel gliders, brown goshawk and koala.

Lake Manchester Road, Kholo

Ecological restoration works began at the Lake Manchester Road offset site in February 2017. Council restored eight hectares of land at 664 Lake Manchester Road, Kholo which is part of the 118 ha reserve that is managed by Council. The land was purchased by Council in 2010 through the Bushland Acquisition Program.

At this site, Council has:

  • planted 11,800 plants including spotted gum, pink bloodwood, Moreton Bay ash, river oak and sand paper fig
  • provided more than 4000 m³ of mulch
  • placed approximately two linear kilometres of coarse woody debris.

The restoration of this site supports many of Brisbane’s significant species including feathertail glider, pale-vented bush-hen, powerful owl, white-bellied sea-eagle and wedge-tailed eagle.

Garfield Road, Karawatha

Ecological restoration works began on the Garfield Road offset site in June 2016. The site is adjacent to Karawatha Forest Park and previously contained a house, gardens, dams and other structures. Council purchased the land in 2015 through the Bushland Acquisition Program.

 At this site, Council has:

  • planted 10,189 plants including tindale’s stingybark, swamp mahogany, broad leaved paperbark, red ash, forest boronia and a variety of lilies, rushes and sedges
  • spread 3000 m³ of mulch
  • placed approximately one linear kilometre of coarse woody debris
  • replanted around the three existing farm dams.

The restoration of this site supports many of Brisbane’s significant species including the powerful owl, green-thighed frog, wallum froglet and koala.

Hawkesbury Road, Anstead

Ecological restoration works began on the Hawkesbury Road offset site in June 2016. The site is adjacent to other restoration sites and extends to the riparian vegetation corridor along the Brisbane River. The site also directly links to the Anstead Bushlands Reserve via this riparian corridor.

Council purchased the 8.5 ha site through the Bushland Acquisition Program in 2013.

This site’s restoration has included both revegetating areas for habitat and wildlife movement as well as retaining open grasslands for recreational activities, including horse riding. Providing these different zones is consistent with the management intent of Anstead Bushlands Reserve.

At this site, Council has:

  • planted 20,882 plants including grey ironbark, brushbox, hickory wattle, dogwood, wombat berry and a variety of native grasses, sedges, lilies and rushes
  • spread 7000 m³ of mulch
  • provided opportunities for wildlife to move through the site into other restoration sites to the south containing habitat poles and roosting boxes
  • placed approximately 1.3 km of coarse woody debris.

The restoration of this site supports many of Brisbane’s significant species including the brown goshawk, eastern chestnut mouse and squirrel glider.

Beaudesert Road, Drewvale (Drewvale Bushland)

Ecological restoration works began on the Beaudesert Road offset site in April 2017. The site provides habitat linkages to Karawatha Forest and Glider Forest, Larapinta. 

Council purchased the 12 ha site through the Bushland Acquisition Program in 2015.

Revegetation work on this site has supported fauna habitat values and movement opportunities by extending the vegetation cover of Drewvale Bushland and facilitating increased linkage to Karawatha Forest to the west.

At this site, Council has:

  • planted 1289 plants including tallowwood, small-fruited grey gum, northern grey ironbark, hickory wattle, coffee bush, wild may, a variety of native grasses
  • spread 529 m³ of mulch
  • placed approximately 517 m of coarse woody debris
  • placed 29 nest boxes to provide wildlife habitat.

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

Massie Street, Brighton

Ecological restoration works began on the Massie Street, Brighton offset site in May 2017. The site provides habitat linkage to Deagon Wetlands. Council purchased the 8 ha site through the Bushland Acquisition Program in 2015.

This site’s restoration extends upon existing natural wetland and eucalypt woodland vegetation communities and therefore enhances wildlife habitat values. The environmental restoration that is delivered at this site extends overall vegetation cover within the North East Wetlands natural area and enhances the health of local waterways.

At this site, Council has:

  • planted 6135 plants including Queensland blue gum, northern grey ironbark, swamp box, broad-leaved paperbark, and a variety of native grasses including saltwater couch grass, a dominant species within the wetland
  • spread 320 m3 of forest mulch
  • placed 25 nest boxes to provide wildlife habitat. 

The restoration of this site supports many of Brisbane’s significant species, including the greater glider and squirrel glider.

Nest boxes

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Council has installed 98 nest boxes at four environmental offset sites across Brisbane.  More than 50 additional nest boxes are planned for installation by June 2018. 

Nest boxes are installed to supplement the presence of tree hollows and facilitate wildlife habitat for many species. Council has delivered nest boxes at the follow offset locations. 

  • Drewvale Bushland has 29 nest boxes to support owlet nightjar, sugar glider, dollar bird, microbats and greater glider.
  • Goodenia Reserve has 24 nest boxes to support sugar glider, crimson rosella, boobook owl, pardalote, kookaburra and sulphur crested cockatoo.
  • Mookin-Bah Reserve has 25 nest boxes to support boobook owl, owlet nightjar, galah, possum and microbats.
  • 664 Lake Manchester Road, Kholo has 20 nest boxes to support greater glider, small parrots, boobook owl and microbats. 

Between 2014 and 2017, Council also installed 130 nest boxes on 38 habitat poles at Haweksbury Road, Anstead as part of Legacy Way offset restoration.  Wildlife was returning and using the nest boxes within six months of installation. 

The use of nest boxes is a successful method for facilitating wildlife habitat in the short-term, when used in combination with retention of mature trees and restoration of native ecosystems.

28 March 2018