The Tusked Frog, Flinders Plum and other native flora and fauna are set for a boost in the years ahead, after council adopted the city’s first ever Natural Environment Policy at its September meeting.
The new policy was shaped by local data and feedback from environmental groups, traditional owners, schools and relevant stakeholders.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said natural spaces bring so much to Ipswich, keeping the city liveable and supporting its flourishing tourism industry.
“Our 1.5 million annual visitors come to Ipswich for many wonderful experiences, including the opportunities provided by our natural assets,” Mayor Harding said.
“Conserving native habitat, protecting waterways, and working with community groups are just three ways council is boosting our environment.
“This new policy is our commitment to keep protecting Ipswich’s green spaces and environmental infrastructure in the years ahead.”
Environment and Sustainability Chair Councillor Russell Milligan said Ipswich’s natural environment provides vital habitat to the diverse native flora and fauna of our region.
“Ipswich has seen modification over an extended period of time from activities such as urban settlement, mining, forestry and agriculture,” Cr Milligan said.
“Yet despite extensive modification of our natural environment, the city has managed to retain and conserve biologically diverse, ecologically important and attractive natural areas and systems.
“Council has a solid background of protecting, managing and enhancing the natural environment through initiatives including the Ipswich Enviroplan.”
The new Natural Environment Policy focuses on seven priority areas for Council, including:
- Biodiversity and Threatened Species Recovery
- Wetlands and Waterways Improvement
- Urban Biodiversity Enhancement
- Natural Area Restoration and Protection
- Experiencing Nature
- Community Awareness and Support
- Governance, Measuring and Reporting
The Policy is part of council’s push for a natural and sustainable city under iFuture, its 20-year city vision developed following community feedback.