Environmental Innovation and Protection

These focus areas aim to recognise conservation of the natural environment, including innovative principles and actions associated with developing a sustainable community.


A Vegetation Management Plan (VMP) is a report intended to assist a property owner or developer in managing existing native vegetation and other environmentally sensitive areas on the site of a proposed or existing development. The purpose of a VMP is to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach to guide the immediate and long term management of native vegetation on the subject site and to ensure its protection and enhancement. Implementation of a VMP ensures ongoing sustainable management of native vegetation on the subject site, and that land clearing and land modification activities associated with a development are effectively remediated.

Open space is a highly valued asset by residents of any community and contributes significantly to character, lifestyle, health, biodiversity and the local economy. There are significant benefits credited to the provision of open space, with far reaching benefits and advantages to our communities. Our open spaces are fundamental to people being able to participate in recreational and sporting activities. It also creates desirable neighbourhoods that lead to healthy and attractive places to live. Quality open space is integral to environmental protection and can provide notable opportunities for economic development.

Wildlife corridors are increasingly used to connect isolated pockets of habitat. These corridors are generally thought to allow plants and animals to disperse or migrate from one habitat area to another, facilitating gene flow and colonisation of suitable sites (Primack 1993). Land reserved as easements for roads, rail lines and for protection of creeks and rivers, often provide vegetated corridors vital to fauna movement.

Feral Animal and Pest Management

Planning is essential for effective pest management, as it ensures resources are used in the most productive and efficient manner. In many instances, pests can impact on a variety of natural resources, such as water, vegetation, land and cultural heritage. Pest Management Plans are valuable tools that can help government, industry, regional bodies and landowners to effectively manage pests, improve their profitability and sustainability, and fulfil their general biosecurity obligation.

Coastal Management Plan

Coastal areas are key focal points for our Queensland lifestyle and economy. Locals and visitors alike love the coast, creating high demand for freely accessible public beaches, tidal waterways and foreshore reserves. The Queensland Government Coastal Management Plan describes how to effectively manage these areas to ensure enjoyment of the coast and growth of a strong and prosperous Queensland.

Weed Eradication

Although landholders are not required by law to develop a property pest management plan for weeds – effective planning is an extremely useful management tool. Developing a pest management plan for invasive weeds will help you control weeds effectively on your property, comply with weed control laws, integrate weed control activities and other components of your property plan. Generally, a property pest management plan involves both maps and written information. Your plan should give background information including the identification of weed problems, assess risks and priorities.

Soil Erosion

Soil erosion can be avoided by using land within its capability. The land’s position, soil type and slope, determine how vulnerable it will be to erosion. It may not be suitable for agriculture, or suitable only for an activity which limits erosion.

Wildlife Conservation

The practise of protecting wild plant and animal species, and their habitat. Wildlife plays an important role in balancing the environment and provides stability to different natural processes of nature.

Habitat Restoration

Habitat restoration focuses on providing suitable environments and resources for target species or groups of species that are currently in decline due to past habitat clearance or degradation.

Riparian Vegetation

Vegetation is an important component and driver of wetland systems. Riparian and floodplain vegetation is one critical element to slow flood waters. Wetland vegetation can be dominated by trees, a shrub or ground layer, consisting of either grasses, sedges, herbs or a combination. Submerged aquatic vegetation is found in deeper wetland areas. Riparian vegetation provides a number of functions to the adjacent stream, including shade, nutrient and debris inputs, habitat and bank stabilisation.

Water Quality

Queensland has a wide diversity of waters ranging from upland streams of the Great Divide out to the coastal waters of the Great Barrier Reef. They include streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries, embayments and open coastal waters.

Community Nurseries and Gardens

Community nurseries provide facilities for volunteers to grow local native plants for community projects, while community gardens provide a hub for neighbours to meet and grow healthy produce to share.

Frog Friendly Habitats

Whilst frogs typically seek open water bodies for breeding, throughout the year they may use a diversity of habitats to seek refuge from predators and harsh environmental conditions. A pond is an important component of a frog-friendly garden. It ensures constant water source whilst providing sheltering sites around the edges and in the associated aquatic vegetation. Australia’s frogs are one of the most endangered groups of animals in the country, so making frog-friendly habitats can help alleviate the stresses of habitat destruction, disease and pollution.

Nature Trails

There are endless opportunities to connect and immerse yourself in nature, with thousands of walking trails and guided tours across Queensland.

Interpretive Signage

Interpretive Signage typically play an important role in conveying messages and are found in many public spaces. They help visitors understand and appreciate important aspects of our natural and cultural heritage.

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