City of Logan’s proud green credentials will be boosted further with nearly $5 million allocated to a range of environmental programs in 2021/2022.
The number of landowners joining Logan City Council’s Environmental Conservation Partnership (ECP) programs has grown by a staggering 70 per cent in the past two years and is now close to 550 properties across the city.
The number of new partnership properties joining one of the programs offered by the City of Logan (Land for Wildlife) has been the highest in South East Queensland for the last two years running – outstripping larger and more traditional growth areas such as Brisbane, Noosa, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast.
Environment Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said investment in the local natural environment is money well spent.
“The City of Logan has become a leader in environmental initiatives and strategies that focus on community partnerships and renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint,” Councillor Raven said.
“The numbers speak for themselves. Our residents want to partner with Council to learn more about what they can do to protect and preserve our environment and green spaces.”
Programs under Council’s ECP umbrella include:
Habitat Connections (HC) – a voluntary program for all City of Logan residentsLand for Wildlife (LfW) – a voluntary program for residents with at least 1 hectare of land (subject to ecological assessment)Voluntary Restoration Agreement (VRA) – an agreement between a landowner and Council where the landowner is supported to deliver restoration actions on their property within biodiversity and waterway corridorsVoluntary Conservation Agreements (VCA) – an agreement between a landowner and Council where the landowner is supported to deliver conservation actions on their propertyVoluntary Conservation Covenants (VCC) – a binding agreement protecting the conservation area in perpetuity.
Other funding for environment-based initiatives in the 2021/2022 Budget includes:
Logan and Albert River VisionsSlacks Creek, Upper Oxley Creek and Scrubby Creek Recovery PlansLogan Eco-Action Festival 2022Ongoing participation in Healthy Land and Water and Resilient Rivers programsCarbon and Energy Management
Council’s vision is to be a leader on climate change governance among local governments in Australia.
The 2021/2022 Community and Lifestyles budget also allocates more than $4 million for bushland maintenance and Council-run Bushcare programs along with funding for aquatic and environmental weed control.
It also includes continued support for the next five years to provide a rebate to residents who purchase an approved home-based worm farm kit.
Many of Council’s environmental initiatives are funded through the Environmental Levy which is collected quarterly with rates payments.
The Environmental Levy increases in 2021/2022 by 60 cents to $80.40 per year.
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