Protecting the natural environment is an important goal for the community and council. After all, a healthy natural environment is fundamental to our well being and will help Ipswich to be a Sustainable City.

We would like your input to help identify the key outcomes you think Council should focus on to improve our natural environment.

The strategy will be developed using:

  • your feedback
  • the city's key environmental stakeholders feedback
  • legislative requirements
  • best practice science and environmental management

Share your thoughts before Sunday, 29 May 2022.

The story so far

Last year, Council developed the Natural Environment Policy with your input. The policy strengthen's council’s commitment to conserve, protect, enhance and restore the natural environment and its values, through seven focus areas and associated principles.

Council is now developing a Natural Environment Strategy to support this policy. The new strategy will capture where we are, where we are going and how we will better protect our natural environment.

From your previous feedback and initial research, a range of natural environmental values across the region has been identified which fall under the following themes:

  • Waterways and wetlands
  • Native plants and animals
  • Aboriginal Cultural landscapes
  • Urban greening
  • Outdoor/nature-based recreation
  • Rural landscapes

For each of the these themes, there will be supporting plans and programs in place. These will help council and the community protect and enhance our natural environment.

Council is committed to working towards conserving a connected natural environment. The development of this strategy is a catalyst project under the Natural and Sustainable theme of iFuture, council's corporate plan.

Tell us if the natural environment themes are right

Six key strategic themes which cover a range of natural environment values have been identified in the early stages of the strategy development. These themes are based on the feedback received from community during the Natural Environment Policy, iFuture and Sustainability Strategy consultations.
  • Waterways and wetlands

    Includes rivers, creeks, streams, watercourses, lagoons, swamps, low-lying areas, floodplains, adjacent vegetation and native flora and fauna living within them. They help sustain our way of life and play a key role in maintaining a liveable city.

  • Native plants and animals

    The variety of native plants, animals and ecosystems within the city, or the city's biodiversity. It includes large and urban vegetated areas and the corridors that connect them. Biodiversity underpins a healthy natural environment, is vital to the city's resilience and is part of our Indigenous culture.

  • Aboriginal Cultural landscapes

    Areas that contain natural features valued by Indigenous peoples. Features include rock outcrops, caves, waterholes, vegetation areas and more. These landscapes emphasise the scale of history and the connection between people, places and heritage.

  • Urban greening

    Is the network of natural and semi-natural areas that can benefit urban places and local flora and fauna. Areas include tree canopies, parks, gardens, urban bushland and tree-lined streets and pathways. They provide cooler spaces, improving air and water quality and protecting biodiversity.

  • Outdoor/nature based recreation

    Activities that are dependent on the natural environment either for location or appreciation. Activities include mountain biking, bushwalking, orienteering, canoeing, camping, fishing, wildlife watching, horse riding, indigenous cultural activities, eco-tourism and more.

  • Rural landscapes

    Rural areas for grazing, crops, forestry and cultivation, past and now. These areas provide economic and scenic benefits to the city.

Tell us what natural environment areas you value