Protecting the natural environment
Brisbane’s beautiful, natural environment makes our city one of Australia's best places to live and work.
However, with our rising population, there is a greater pressure on the natural environment and resources. Some important native vegetation is already close to extinction.
We must work together to protect the natural environment so future generations can continue to enjoy our healthy, outdoors lifestyle.
Some of the ways that Brisbane City Council helps to preserve and protect our natural environment include:
- street tree planting initiative
- Invasive Species Management Plan
- Wildlife Conservation Partnership Program
- Land for Wildlife Program
- Natural Assets Local Law 2003
- Voluntary Conservation Agreement programs
- Bushland Preservation Levy
- Creek Catchment Program
- Habitat Brisbane
- Environment centres and the Environment Centres' School Learning Program.
You can help us to preserve Brisbane’s precious natural environment by:
- identifying and remove weeds in your garden
- making a conservation agreement if your property has remnant native bushland
- collecting two free native plants from Council for your garden
- coming along to green events
- finding out about design, conservation and composting in the Green Gardening in Brisbane guide.
- visiting Councils' Environment centres at Boondall Wetlands and Downfall Creek
- taking care when visiting our bushland reserves.
Caring for our natural areas
Visitors to Brisbane's natural areas can help everyone enjoy these special places by acting responsibly and being aware of some simple behaviour:
- keep dogs on leashes when walking them in natural areas, and always carry a plastic bag to clean up your dog's waste
- groups and clubs planning an activity need to contact Council to gain permission and discuss requirements
- follow the rules. Understand what activities are permitted and where. Know and follow the regulations and expectations that apply to your chosen activity
- enjoy and protect. Enjoy and respect what makes the place special - be responsible in protecting it for the future. Leave no trace of your visit. Take your rubbish home
- be a good ambassador. Always set a good example for others. Show that you are a responsible visitor for your chosen activity. Avoid disturbing wildlife or damaging plants as they are protected
- observe the signs and follow directions from Council staff. Signs are there to provide information and to assist in protecting you and the environment. From time to time Council may close areas for safety reasons such as fires and fallen trees
- stay on track. Keep to designated trails or within the areas provided for your activity. Protect tracks, avoid track edges, cutting corners and taking short cuts. Check your shoes and socks for seeds and plant material before and after a visit to reduce the possible spread of weeds
- share the area. Respect other users you may encounter and their activities. Protect yours and their quality of experience
- limit the impacts of your activity on the site and other users. Loud noises and bright lights will detract from the natural experience and disturb wildlife. Visit in small groups or split larger parties and visit at different times. Avoid using areas and tracks during or immediately after wet weather.
Local community involvement
There are a range of initiatives and projects you can join to help protect and improve our natural environment: