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. The City's Natural Areas Management Unit 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
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.
Example of Assisted Restoration
Numinbah Conservation Area managed by the Natural Areas Management Unit. Progressive sequence demonstrating the area impacted by Lantana with the last image taken June 2012 after ongoing restoration work, the area is free of weeds and native canopy establishing. The area will remain under ongoing maintenance.
Example of Riparian Revegetation
Damian Leeding Memorial Park managed by the Natural Areas Management Unit. Progressive sequence demonstrating the area impacted by exotic grasses with no vegetation lining the Coomera River in 2010. Image as of June 2013 demonstrating the success of the 9000 native plants that were planted on site that have now assisted with bank stability and provide habitat for native fauna. The area is under ongoing maintenance.
Restoration works are occurring across the coast in various locations. Below are some key sites that are currently being restored;
- Bally Mountain Conservation Area, Bonogin
- Bonogin Conservation Area
- Burleigh Ridge Park
- Currumbin Creek Reach Park
- Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area
- Hurst Family Park, Nerang
- Numinbah Conservation Area
- Ormeau Sports Park
- Pimpama River Conservation Area
- Schusters Park, Tallebudgera
- Wongawallan Conservation Area
Restoration works are also being undertaken by volunteers who partner with the Natural Areas Management Unit through the City's Beaches to Bushland volunteer restoration program.
These sites include the following;
- Austinville Community Park, Staghorn Drive, Austinville
- Davenport Park, Parkmeadows Road, Bonogin
- Boonooroo Park, Hickey Way, Carrara
- Currumbin Creek Reach, Currumbin Valley
- Elanora Wetlands / Schuster's Park, Tallebudgera Drive, Elanora
- Hinterland Regional Park, Hardy's Road, Mudgeeraba
- Lions Head Park / Miami Bushland Reserve, Miami
- Swift Park / Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang
- Tarrabora Reserve, Palm Beach
Driven by the diversity of stakeholers currently involved in restoration works across the 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 Framwork 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.