SEQ Restoration Framework
The framework provides a regional standard for undertaking restoration projects. Ultimately, ecological restoration projects delivered under the framework will:
- Conserve and enhance biodiversity through increasing the extent and improving the condition of native vegetation;
- Ensure long-term environmental and economic sustainability; and
- Ensure ongoing improvement and maintenance of ecosystem services.
The SEQ Restoration Framework consists of three documents:
- Code of Practice (PDF 1411 KB)- a policy document providing a head of power for the subsequent Guidelines and Manual. The code of practice reflects the SEQ policy environments where it is to be housed.
- Guideline (PDF 2422 KB) - a decision making tool to guide users to the most appropriate course of action in their project. This document guides application of the policy and links to current best practice and examples demonstrated in the Manual element.
- Manual (PDF 6261 KB) - a technical but easy to use guide to all aspects of ecological restoration. This document is reflective of current best practice, and provides the minimum acceptable solutions to ecological restoration.
Community tree planting days
- Riverdale Park, Meadowbrook Sunday 20th May 2012 photographs.
- Peaks to Point 2012, Spring Mountain Reserve, Sunday 16th September 2012 photographs.
- Greenvale Park, Chambers Flat, Saturday 8th June 2012 photographs.
Revegetation guide for residents
The new revegetation guide provides Logan residents with information on the most suitable native species for their property. The Revegetation Guide is the most comprehensive of its kind in Australia, and combines vegetation mapping with species information and database documentation.
Council can generate a property report that includes:
- A regional ecosystem specific species list
- Information on plant forms, size, and micro-habitat preferences
- Plant supplier details
- A map showing the Regional Ecosystem zones on the property
- A general site establishment and maintenance advice sheet
Please contact the Environment and Sustainability Branch on 3412 3412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
This free app allows you to enter your postcode, and find out what native plants are suitable for your property. You can also select from 16 different garden styles, and information is provided about flowering times, growth forms, biodiversity benefits, and plant suppliers. This is an easy and fun way to choose native plants that are suitable for your property.
For more information see GroNative South East Queensland
Council has partnered with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Greening Australia to support an innovative research project investigating carbon sequestration based on direct seeding.
The results of this project will contribute to carbon sequestration research and also provide Council with new planting methodologies.
For further details of the project see the Tulipwood Direct Seeding Project
Council has also partnered with QUT to support a PhD project investigating Melaleuca irbyana.
This PhD project will deliver ground breaking research and on-ground actions directly supporting the recovery of Melaleuca irbyana. For more details see the Melaleuca irbyana Project.
For more information on Melaleuca irbyana see Threatened Plants.
Logan Environmental Offsets Policy 2013 (Vegetation Offsets)
The purpose of the Logan Environmental Offsets Policy is to assist with the implementation of the overall outcomes of the current Logan, Gold Coast and Beaudesert Planning Schemes, as an additional acceptable solution for development involving clearing of protected vegetation and by quantifying and calculating environmental offsets for unavoidable impacts of development.
The Offsets Policy can be found in the Logan Planning Scheme 2015 Policy 3 - Environmental management
For further advice regarding offsets in Logan please see the Environmental Offsets Fact Sheet.
Offset revegetation projects
Council has revegetated approximately 11 hectares across five properties to offset future clearing from development.
The revegetated properties are:
- Wendt Park, 19 Wendt Road, Chambers Flat
This site has previously been maintained as a park area with access to the Logan River. The site consisted of mown grass, some existing trees, and a heavy lantana infestation closer to the river.
Approximately one hectare has been revegetated with a mixture of species to represent the original regional ecosystems 12.3.7, 12.3.11, and 12.3.3. Over 800 trees have been planted, including 60 koala habitat trees.
- Edgewater Park, Lot 55 Edgewater Drive, Chambers Flat
This site was a cleared area with many exotic grasses, providing food and habitat for a variety of small birds. Much of the grass has been retained during planting.
Approximately 0.7 hectares have been revegetated with a mixture of species to represent the original regional ecosystems 12.3.7, 12.3.11, and 12.3.3. Over 700 trees have been planted, including 40 koala habitat trees.
- Hogan Park, 2 Edgewater Drive, Chambers Flat
Much of this site is vegetated, and a bare area at the front of the property was targeted for revegetation. There is significant natural recruitment on the site, and over 100 seedlings were counted. The remaining 0.8 hectares of the site was planted with approximately 800 trees, representing the original regional ecosystem 12.3.11. This includes 90 koala habitat trees.
- Greenvale Park, 78-96 Greenvale Park, Chambers Flat
At approximately 7 hectares this is the largest property to be revegetated. It was previously used for cattle and was virtually bare apart from a few trees. The area has an interesting history, for more information please read the Miller Family History (PDF 368 KB).
Over 7000 trees were planted on this site, including about 900 koala habitat trees. The original regional ecosystems are 12.3.3, 12.3.3d, and 12.3.7. Approximately 40 critically endangered Melaleuca irbyana have been planted as part of Council's commitment to the recovery of this species.
A number of cultural heritage trees were also planted on this site, which will provide an interesting education and local history resource as they grow.
For more details please see Cultural Heritage Trees (PDF 1907 KB).
- Trace Reserve, Lot 33 Trace Road, North Maclean
This site has proven to be the most challenging to revegetate, with much thick grass and steep gullies on the site. Just over 2 hectares have been planted with approximately 500 trees, including 120 koala habitat trees. The original regional ecosystems are 12.3.11 and 12.3.7. 10 of the critically endangered Melaleuca irbyana have also been planted on the site.
Restoring Belivah Creek
Belivah Creek runs from the dry rainforest at Bahrs Hill down through Belivah and Bannockburn and out into the Albert River. The Creek and its tributaries are located on some private land in the upper catchment but then run through the Council owned parks of Stubbin Reserve, Rosemount Reserve, Willmann Park and Alexander Watt Park.
An expert ecologist has identified this area as containing high potential for a variety of threatened species and communities, but it needs to be restored to its natural vegetation community. The creek provides an important corridor, linking the lowland sub-tropical rainforest (an endangered ecological community) at the Albert River, to rainforests in the hills. Restoring this site will increase significant habitat for threatened flora including, Angle Stemmed Myrtle (Gossia gonoclada), Macadamia Nut (Macadamia integrifolia), Veiny fontainea (Fontainea venosa), Small-leaved tamarind (Diploglottis campbellii), and Flinders Plum (Planchonella eerwah). The area can also provide essential food sources and habitat for threatened fauna such as, Coxen’s fig parrot, Mary River Cod, Glossy Black Cockatoos, Koalas and Richmond Birdwing Butterflies. The suburbs of Bahrs Scrub, Belivah, Wolfdene and Cedar Creek have also been identified by scientists from Griffith University as areas where plants and animals will survive during climate change. Restoring the site will also help to improve water quality flowing through the catchment out into the Albert River.
Due to the site’s ecological importance, Council has allocated funding in the 2017-2018 budget to revegetate parts of the public land within the mapped ecological corridor along Belivah Creek.
We want to make sure that the community is able to have a say on the proposed revegetation and restoration, so we've asked an independent ecologist to draft a restoration concept plan for the public land within the Belivah Creek Catchment. We will be inviting you to tell us what you think of the draft concept plan in early November. Your feedback will then be incorporated into the final restoration concept plan.
Watch this space for more information.