Revegetation of Unallocated State Land

Principal Petitioner Kemp Killerby, Forest Lake
Date Closed Mon, 22 May 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 88 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Council that in order to offset the amount of native vegetation that has been cleared in the Brisbane City Council's jurisdiction for housing, commerce and industry, etc. the re-vegetation of all Unallocated State Land within the Brisbane City Council be undertaken by the Brisbane City Council, its associates and subsidiaries, to provide natural habitat, wildlife corridors, native food sources, shelter and nesting sites, etc. for the local native fauna.

Your petitioners therefore request that from this day forward, all Unallocated State Land within the Brisbane City Council's jurisdiction be set aside for re-vegetation of local South East Queensland flora, that reflects the original botanical biodiversity of the City of Brisbane prior to European settlement. In the interest of enhancing the biodiversity of our native flora and fauna, we, the residents of the City of Brisbane, request that Council undertake this action in order to reflect the environmental desires and expectations of its constituents.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting that Council set aside all unallocated State land within Council's jurisdiction for revegetation with local South East Queensland flora.

Your petition has been investigated and was considered by Civic Cabinet at its meeting dated 18 September 2017, on behalf of Council which is currently in recess.

The Queensland Government owns all unallocated State land. The use and management of unallocated State land is administered by the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

Council does not own or lease unallocated State land and therefore has no authority to undertake habitat restoration or other works on this land. Nevertheless, Council has a vision to establish 40% of mainland Brisbane as natural habitat and the restoration of the natural environment remains an important priority for Council.

in 2016-17, Council restored more than 14 hectares of important habitat across the city as part of the offsets program. Council supports more than 670 private landholders to protect and restore biodiversity on more than 2,260 hectares of land through the Wildlife Conservation Partnerships Program. Council also supports 154 Habitat Brisbane groups citywide to restore natural habitat on public land. As a result, an estimated 4,000 volunteers are actively restoring 460 hectares of key waterways and bushland areas across the city.

Although Council does not have jurisdiction to restore habitat on unallocated State land, Council will continue to invest in restoring habitat throughout the city's natural areas, parks and waterways.