Ecological restoration is the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or destroyed.
As our population and urban areas expand, the pressure on our natural areas grows, increasing the threat and effects of weed infestation.
Council is actively involved in the restoration, rehabilitation and maintenance of natural areas through:
- weed control
- natural regeneration of locally endemic plant species
- revegetation of severely impacted sites where natural regeneration is limited
- strategic maintenance programs
- education and voluntary programs
At Council, restoration plans are prepared for our parks and reserves to help guide on-ground works, to ensure 'best practice' restoration techniques are used and to ensure all groups, volunteers, workers and contractors are working together to achieve site goals.
You can play your part by joining a Beaches to Bushland volunteer restoration community group. Click here to find out how.
Driven by the diversity of stakeholders currently involved in restoration works across South East Queensland, and the variation of techniques, practices and outcomes produced, development of a regional standard was proposed. The result of this process is the 'The South East Queensland Ecological Restoration Framework'. The framework provides a best practice standard to ensure consistent ecological restoration delivery across South East Queensland.
The SEQ Ecological Restoration Framework was originally proposed by environmental managers representing SEQ Councils (11 Local Government Areas). In April 2011, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) endorsed the framework as a regional standard for undertaking restoration projects. Completed and released in mid 2012 this publication offers best practice management options to land managers undertaking ecological restoration in South East Queensland.
The framework consists of three key documents:
- Code of Practice: a policy document setting out the aims of the framework (Code of Practice PDF 1.38MB)
- Guideline: a decision-making tool to guide users to most appropriate course of action in their project. (Guideline PDF 2.37MB)
- Manual: a technical but easy to use guide to all aspects of ecological restoration - Manual (Part 1 - 1.52MB, Part 2 - 1.27MB, Part 3 - 2.41MB)
For further information on our key programs and works, follow the links below.