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Environmental Levy Annual Report 2017/2018


Message from the Acting Mayor

Logan City Council is committed to delivering a green and renewable city of the future. Our natural environment plays a pivotal role in supporting our community’s liveability and quality of life. With Council’s adoption of our new vision and Corporate Plan 2017-2022, we are committed to becoming a next generation government – one which innovatively manages our environment, our infrastructure, economic productivity and work-life balance to bring quality lifestyles to our community. The premise of sustainability is to ensure the longterm social, environmental and economic health of a city. This requires responsible corporate governance so that the benefits can be enjoyed by people today and for future generations to come. Council’s environmental levy funds a range of environmental initiatives, services and activities that support this goal by embracing new ways of creating better communities.

To be an Innovative, Dynamic, City of the Future we must protect and enhance the natural environment across our City...

To be an Innovative, Dynamic, City of the Future we must protect and enhance the natural environment across our city through responsible urban planning, education and capacity building within our community. I am pleased to present the City of Logan Naturally Green 2017/18 Environmental Levy Annual Report which highlights the environmental initiatives, projects and services being delivered across the city.

Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley, City of Logan

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Message from our City Parks, Animals, Environment and Waste Committee Chair

The City of Logan has a diverse range of natural vegetation types including significant areas of koala habitat that remain largely undisturbed. Approximately 70% of the city is rural or semirural with 77,428 hectares of ecological corridors across the city. We also have 2,633 hectares of wetlands and 2,177 kilometres of waterways. This annual report highlights the key achievements, initiatives and services delivered through environmental levy funds that support our vision of becoming an Innovative, Dynamic City of the Future. The range of innovative environmental initiatives and services we have delivered is broad and diverse. Achievements include improving our waterways with the implementation of the Logan Rivers and Wetlands Recovery Plan, as evidenced by the State of the Catchment report for southern Moreton Bay, through to the development of strong long lasting partnerships with our community through the Land for Wildlife program and the delivery of innovative environmental events, activities and services.

The range of innovative environmental initiatives and services we have delivered is broad and diverse.

Continuing our important work in these areas will ensure a green and sustainable future.

Cr Jennie Breene, Chair City Parks, Animals, Environment and Waste Committee

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Environmental Levy Financial Snapshot

2017/18 Income: • $13,083,840 from Environmental Levy rates charge

2017/18 Expenditure: Acquisition and Management of Ecologically Significant Land $3,157,065 included: • $2,402,608 on bushland maintenance and Bushcare • $229,427 on aquatic and environmental weed control • $525,030 on environmental park enhancement In 2017/2018, Council resolved to commence negotiations on the acquisition of 6 properties across the city for environmental purposes. As at 30 June 2018, these negotiations were ongoing.

Community Engagement, Community Support and Environmental Education services $916,558 included Land for Wildlife and Conservation Incentive Program, environmental events and activities including LEAF, EnviroGrants, World Environment Day Poster competition and rural land holder engagement

Connecting Landscapes, River Recovery, Nature Conservation and Climate Change services $2,264,552 included Logan River Vision 2017-2067, Logan rivers and wetlands recovery actions, koala conservation actions, Slacks Creek recovery project works, flying fox management actions, waterbody asset management works and carbon and energy management actions.

Appropriation to Reserve Funds $1,484,364

Total Reserve Balance as at 1 July 2018 $6,199,130

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2017/18 Income:

$13,083,840 from Environmental Levy rates charge

2017/18 Expenditure:

$3,157,065

$916,558

Acquisition and Management of Ecologically Significant Land

Community Engagement, Community Support and Environmental Education services

$2,264,552

$1,484,364

Connecting Landscapes, River Recovery, Nature Conservation and Climate Change services

Appropriation to Reserve Funds

$6,199,130 Total Reserve Balance as at 1 July 2018

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City of Logan – Naturally Green

Logan City Council’s Environmental Levy funds are generated and managed in accordance with Council’s adopted Environmental Levy policy and supports the delivery of Council’s corporate environmental priorities and services:

Priority: Green and Renewable (GR) We use responsible urban planning in the City of Logan to protect rural living, our natural environment and green spaces. Our hectares of parkland are surrounded by waterbodies and waterways that meander through the city. We enable investment and delivery of renewable technologies and prepare our city transition to a carbon conscious community. We value our environment, safeguarding our biodiversity, local wildlife, threatened species and green corridors. • A carbon neutral and green city • Our waterways and waterbodies are healthy • We employ sustainable waste management and recycling practices Environmental Levy funds are allocated to acquire land, fund capital investment and operational costs (including employee costs) to deliver services, projects and initiatives across three key themes.

Shailer Pioneer Park

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1 Acquisition and Management of Ecologically Significant Land

Boronia Bushland Reserve

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Acquisition and Management of Ecologically Significant Land

• Operational maintenance of Council’s 415 environmentally significant parks and areas (5,278 ha) which included priority maintenance of the top 150 reserves as per the Natural Areas Levels of Service • Operational maintenance included weed control, rubbish removal and pathways/trails maintenance across the estate of environmentally significant parks and areas;

Create an interconnected network of green infrastructure across the city

• Delivery of the City of Logan Bushcare program with 12 Bushcare groups across the city • Monthly inspections were undertaken to control aquatic and environmental weeds at 18 key waterbodies listed in the Water Body Asset Management Framework 2014 • Weed treatment at 1,729 properties throughout the city • Interpretive signage at a number of sites including Tygum Park, Scrubby Creek and Shailer Pioneer Park • Revegetation and bank stabilisation project including works at Doug Larsen Park, Priest Gully Catchment, Slacks Creek and multiple parks along the Logan River.

Logan River

• Waterbody restoration and stormwater improvement projects at sites including Riverdale Park and Slacks Creek • Completion of the Eagleby Aquatic Weed Harvesting project and the Underwood Park Trail Head Revegetation Project • Delivery of environmental parks enhancement upgrades including:

–– Cornubia Forest Park Trail Signage; –– Birnam Range Reserve Track Installation; –– Neville Lawrie Reserve Trail Signage; –– Berrinba Wildlife Corridor -Fencing Installation and Rubbish Removal; –– Springwood Conservation Park - Bridge Condition Assessment, Replacement and Repairs;

–– Spring Mountain Forest Park- Creek Crossing –– Spring Mountain Forest Park- Track Works and Revegetation

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Samuel and Agnes Smith Park,Buccan


Operational maintenance of Council’s

Delivery of the City of Logan BushCare program with

environmentally significant parks and areas

Bush Care groups across the city

Management of waterbodies to control aquatic and environmental weeds including treatment at

Weed treatment at

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1,729 properties throughout the city

key waterbodies

Delivery of environmental

parks infrastructure upgrades

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2 Community Engagement, Community Support and Environmental Education

Land Management and Conservation Incentives Day

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Community Engagement, Community Support and Environmental Education

• Delivery of a range of environmental events and activities including:

–– Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) 2018 –– Logan Eco Forum 2017 –– Conservation Incentives Program Day –– Nature Play days; and –– over 25 other environmental workshops and activities

Facilitate and support planning, education and capacity building to protect and enhance the natural environment across the city (e.g. corridors, biodiversity, ecosystems, wildlife)

• EnviroGrants 2018 - over $160,000 of community grants contributed to fund 31 environmental projects and 14 wildlife carers • Conservation Incentives Program - 282 properties on the Logan Land for Wildlife (LfW) program,

–– 25 new properties joined LfW in 2017/18 which equates to 189 hectares of additional habitat (total property area 91ha)

–– 4109 plants and land management supplies distributed to private land holders

–– 6 Voluntary Conservation Covenant (VCC)

properties, 13 Voluntary Conservation Agreement (VCA) properties, and $29,800 in VCA grants for on-ground works on private land

Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) 2018

Logan Dirty Dinosaur Day

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Community Engagement, Community Support and Environmental Education

• World Environment Day Primary School Poster Competition over 2,400 students from 23 schools participated • Logan Animal Ambulance -

–– 3,300 wildlife rescues in the City of Logan

–– 40% of the wildlife rescues

resulted in the wildlife being rehabilitated and released back into the environment

–– top three types of wildlife

rescued were birds (2,368), possums (426) and macropods (i.e. wallabies and kangaroos) (155). Other wildlife rescued included koalas (57), gliders, echidnas, lizards, turtles, bats, snakes and frogs, and flying foxes

World Environment Day Poster Competition winner: Kali Groenewoud – Woodhill State School, Grade 6

Rainbow Lorikeets

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Eastern Grey Kangaroo

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Eastern Water Dragon


Logan Animal Ambulance

3,300 wildlife rescues in the City of Logan

Top 3

types of wildlife rescued were birds (2,368), possums (426) and macropods (i.e. wallabies and kangaroos) (155)

40% of the wildlife rescues resulted in the wildlife being rehabilitated and released back into the environment

Other

wildlife rescued

included koalas (57), gliders, echidnas, lizards, turtles, bats, snakes, frogs and flying foxes

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3 Connecting Landscapes, River Recovery, Nature Conservation and Climate Change

Slacks Creek fish way

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Connecting Landscapes, River Recovery, Nature Conservation and Climate Change

• Development of the Albert River Vision and Implementation Plan 2018-2022 • Recreational Health Water Quality Monitoring Program - monitoring of eight river sites and six water body and creek sites • Construction of the Paradise Road/Slacks Creek fish way

Finalise the development of the vision for the Albert River to identify opportunities for the health and usage of the asset

• Development of the Logan River Accessibility and Connectivity Concept Plan identifying key opportunities to improve public access and recreational use of the Logan River • Delivered the Logan River Free Trees Initiative with 27 participants and provision of over 6,000 free trees to landholders along the Logan River • Implementation of a community and school waterways monitoring program

Implement the Logan River Vision to improve the accessibility, ecological health, recreational value and economic benefit of the asset • Development of the Logan River Interpretative Trail with the following interpretive signage installed:

–– 10 interpretive signs at Riverdale Park –– 21 signs as part of an expanding Scrubby

Creek interpretive trail in various park locations from Demeio Park, Marsden to Haldham Park, Regents Park

Free Trees initiative

• Delivery of riparian rehabilitation planting at three riverside parks:

–– Larry Storey Park –– Chris Green Park –– Newstead Park

• Delivery of litter reduction initiatives along Slacks Creek and Scrubby Creek

–– 6 interpretive signs at Shailer Pioneer Park Wetland

–– 2 interpretive signs at Paradise Road fishway, highlighting the importance of fish movement and the local flying fox colony

• Installation of two in-situ water quality monitoring stations providing real time water quality data at:

–– Logan River near Kilmoylar Road, Riverbend –– Logan River near Maclean St, South Maclean

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Connecting Landscapes, River Recovery, Nature Conservation and Climate Change

• Crewes Creek Restoration Project - partnered with 14 properties to deliver on-ground weed management works, provide free trees for replanting along the creek and a property specific property management plan • Belivah Creek Restoration Project - planted 1,600 trees with the community on World Earth Day • Koala Conservation Actions including health and genetic status of koala populations across the city • Richmond Birdwing Butterfly recovery actions 235 Richmond Birdwing Butterfly vines planted at:

–– Parkview Park, Cornubia –– Koolan Park, Shailer Park –– Kununurra Park, Shailer Park –– Noyer Park, Mount Warren Park –– Passerine Park, Rochedale South –– Gillian Street, Carbrook

• Platypus surveys undertaken at 12 sites along the Albert River

Greenwood Lakes, Forestdale

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Develop and implement a carbon reduction strategy for the City of Logan to reduce and offset carbon emissions • Slacks Creek Recovery and Restoration Project delivery of restoration actions including:

–– removal of over 2 tonnes of rubbish from project sites

–– engagement of over 480 community members through activities, walks and events

• Development of the Carbon Reduction Strategy and Action Plan which will ensure Council’s operations achieve carbon neutrality by 2022 • Delivery of a carbon emissions profile of Council’s operations • Partial funding for Council’s participation in the QCoast2100 Program


Development of the Logan River Interpretative Trail

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interpretive signs installed in various park locations

Richmond Birdwing Butterfly recovery actions:

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Richmond Birdwing Butterfly

Platypus surveys undertaken at

12 sites along the Albert River

vines planted at 6 parks

Slacks Creek Recovery and Restoration Project co-funded through the Federal Caring for Our Country grant – actions included:

removal of over

2 tonnes of rubbish from project sites

engagement of over

480

community members through activities, walks and events delivered on project sites

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Underwood Park, Priestdale

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Environmental Levy Annual Report Dec 2018  

Environmental Levy Annual Report Dec 2018

Environmental Levy Annual Report Dec 2018  

Environmental Levy Annual Report Dec 2018