Planting program will help offset development clearing

Planting program will help offset development clearing

Miller Park in Chambers Flat where offsets planting was done in 2015.

Tree planting will begin next month at 10 sites across the city as part of Logan City Council’s Environmental Offsets program.

The 10 Council-owned sites represent more than 18 hectares of land to be re-forested.

The project will provide a more sustainable ecological environment, reduce erosion and help improve water quality in surrounding creeks and rivers.

The planting will offset land clearing by developers and is funded as part of the city’s Development Assessment process.

Sites where native trees and shrubs will be planted are:

  • Maclean Park (South Maclean)
  • James Fitzgerald Park (Waterford West)
  • Tamborine Park (Buccan)
  • Teak Park (Cedar Vale)
  • New Beith Park (New Beith)
  • Blackwood Reserve (Jimboomba)
  • Sugarwood Reserve (Glenlogan)
  • Joadie Park (Mundoolun)
  • Wolffdene South Reserve (Wolffdene)
  • Scottdale Park (North Maclean)

City Parks, Animals, Environment and Waste Committee Chairperson, Councillor Jennie Breene said that in addition to tree planting and exotic weed control, Council crews would also complete any required fence repairs, maintain fire breaks and slash grass.

Council began the Environment Offset program in 2015 and to date has planted more than 13 hectares of land as offsets at five sites (Edgewater, Hogan, Miller and Wendt parks at Chambers Flat and Trace Reserve at North Maclean).

In addition to the 10 sites to be re-planted in 2019, plans are underway to re-vegetate a further 44 hectares in coming years.

Sites for the additional planting are still being assessed.

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