Bushland Preservation Levy
Brisbane residents and businesses contribute to protecting Brisbane's most significant natural assets. This is done through payment of the Bushland Preservation Levy in their rates account. Brisbane City Council uses the levy for the Bushland Acquisition program to protect and enhance Brisbane's natural environment. This helps Council to achieve the Brisbane Vision targets and aspirations to be a clean and green city.
Bushland Acquisition program
Council uses funds raised from this levy to buy land that supports significant ecosystems, plants and animals.
This land is turned into conservation reserves. Most are accessible to the public ensuring that everyone enjoys Brisbane's unique natural environment.
Over 4000 hectares have been protected since the program started in 1990, including:
- Karawatha Forest
- Brisbane Koala Bushlands
- Tinchi Tamba Wetlands.
Brisbane is the most biologically diverse capital city in Australia, supporting thousands of plant and animal species. The Bushland Acquisition program has secured land that:
- supports rare and endangered ecosystems, plants and animals
- contains unique habitats poorly represented within existing natural areas
- provides linkages within ecological corridors
- supports unique freshwater and wetland habitats
- was under immediate threat from development.
Find out more about visiting Council's natural areas. Council also has an Outdoor Recreation Management Strategy for Brisbane's Natural Areas 2011-2021. It outlines how visitors participating in outdoor recreation within natural areas can do so without impacting the natural values of the sites.