Bush neighbours

Brisbane City Council encourages residents to protect our environment and native wildlife. Feral animals, weeds, fire, certain types of recreation and uncontrolled pets affect our natural habitats. Find out what you can do to become a good bush neighbour.

Feral animals

Feral animals are non-native animals that harm the environment and native wildlife.

Good bush neighbour behaviour

  • report sightings of feral animals to Council by phoning 07 3403 8888
  • leave dead and fallen timber, hollow logs and piles of stones around your property as a refuge for lizards and small marsupials
  • record sightings of native wildlife on the Atlas of Living Australia website.

Bad bush neighbour behaviour

  • dumping your unwanted pets including turtles and fish
  • feeding feral animals such as wild dogs
  • keeping pest animals as pets 

Find out more about pest animals.


Weeds are non-native plants. They spread quickly, smother native plants and reduce food and shelter for wildlife.

Weeds are introduced to natural areas in a variety of ways including bird and bat seed dispersal, by wind and water, through illegal dumping and on the hair of animals.

Some weeds can be toxic, especially to children, pets and wildlife. Many weeds can cause problems such as skin rashes, asthma and hay fever.

Council’s online weed identification tool can assist you in identifying weeds, and is available on Council’s website.

Good bush neighbour behaviour

  • plant native plants in your garden
  • compost your garden green waste
  • check shoes and socks for seeds and plant materials before and after visiting natural areas
  • join a Habitat Brisbane group

Bad bush neighbour behaviour

  • dumping garden waste in natural areas or down stormwater drains
  • planting weeds in your garden
  • removing native plants from natural areas

Find out more about weeds and sustainable gardening.  


Fire is a natural part of the Australian bush, however if there are too many fires, they can damage natural areas.

Good bush neighbour behaviour

  • if you find a fire, leave the reserve and call 000
  • follow fire safety precautions around your home and yard

Bad bush neighbour behaviour

  • lighting fires in natural areas
  • putting out a fire yourself 

Find out more about fire management.

Harmful recreation

Some types of recreation can damage our natural areas and the wildlife in them.

Good bush neighbour behaviour

  • stay on walking and bike tracks
  • respect natural areas and everything in them
  • obey all good neighbour rules
  • ride mountain bikes and horses on designated tracks only. Find out about the Queensland Moto Park for trail bike enthusiasts.

Bad bush neighbour behaviour

  • riding trail bikes in natural areas
  • building illegal tracks through natural areas
  • vandalising walking track signs
  • leaving behind fishing line

Responsible pet management

Uncontrolled pets in natural areas can harm wildlife and their droppings can pollute waterways.

Good bush neighbour behaviour

  • keep your dog on a leash
  • keep your pets locked up at night
  • pick up your dog’s droppings
  • desex your pet to avoid unwanted litters

Bad bush neighbour behaviour

  • letting your dog off-leash
  • letting your dog chase shorebirds

Find out more responsible pet management.


Pollution includes things we can see such as plastic bags and things we can’t see like detergents washed down our drains.

Good bush neighbour behaviour

  • pack a litterless lunch for school
  • refuse plastic bags and take a reusable bag shopping
  • take your rubbish home from natural areas

Bad bush neighbour behaviour

  • leaving rubbish in natural areas
  • using plastic bags and dumping them in natural areas 
17 October 2017