Logan City Council is seeking input from City of Logan residents to have a say in shaping the city’s 10-year Natural Environment Strategy draft.

The strategy would represent a combined council and community vision for the local natural environment for the next decade.

It would bring together a range of existing policies, plans and programs along with community feedback to develop an over-arching direction and plan of action to protect and enhance green spaces across the city.

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Logan mother Sam and her son, Christian at a Logan City Council environment event.

The councils Natural Environment Strategy would be built on three key pillars:

  • Nature is protected and enhanced
  • Nature is connected
  • Nature is celebrated

Environment Chair Deputy Mayor Jon Raven said it was important for the community to get involved in the drafting of the Natural Environment Strategy 2021-2031.

“The people of Logan are passionate about everything connected to our local natural environments,” Councillor Raven said.

“Which is why finding the balance between our high rate of housing development in the city and protecting our key green spaces and waterways is so important.

“We need feedback from the community to make sure that we are working together on the same plan to protect and enhance our natural environments and the plants and animals that call them home.”

The Swatton family of Munruben parents Katie and Jake with Joey 9 and Tilly 7 signed up for Logan City Councils popular Land for Wildlife program 002

Munruben family Katie, Jake, Joey (9) and Tilly (7) Swatton signed up for Logan City Council’s Land for Wildlife program.

Across the City of Logan there are 5,428 hectares of ecological corridors, 2,633 hectares of wetlands, and 2,177 kilometres of waterways, including the Logan River and the Albert River.

Some of the popular nature zones in Logan West include Berrinba Wetlands, the Boronia Bushland Reserve, the Logan River, and Greenwood Lakes at Forestdale.

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Berrinba Wetlands is home to 80 hectares of natural beauty, including plants, birds, possums, gliders, and 8km of walking tracks. Photo by Joshua Zadroga Productions.

The council’s 50-year visions for the the Logan and Albert river focused on river health, river destinations, and river planning, including boosting accessibility and use.

With nearly $5 million allocated to a range of environmental programs in 2021/2022, the City of Logan’s proud green credentials would be boosted further.

These include:

  • Logan and Albert River Visions
  • Slacks Creek, Upper Oxley Creek and Scrubby Creek Recovery Plans
  • Logan Eco-Action Festival 2022
  • Ongoing participation in Healthy Land and Water and Resilient Rivers programs
  • Carbon and energy management
A picturesque natural environment in the City of Logan Greenwood Lakes at Forestdale

Greenwood Lakes at Forestdale – a picturesque natural environment in Logan West.

The draft strategy brings together the community feedback received through recent community vision and corporate plan community consultation, and will help drive and deliver the council’s vision to be a “green city”.

It also reinforces the council’s commitment to building on its existing successful Environmental Conservation Program (ECP) programs including Habitats Connections, Land for Wildlife and other voluntary restoration and conservation agreements and covenants.

The number of landowners joining Council’s ECP programs has grown by 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 Land for Wildlife has been the highest in South-East Queensland for the last two years.

To provide feedback on the Natural Environment Strategy 2021-2031 draft, go to https://haveyoursaylogan.com.au/

 

 

 

 

 

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