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South East Queensland Ecological Restoration Framework

South East Queensland Ecological Restoration Framework

As South East Queensland has developed, local councils including the City of Gold Coast have undertaken ongoing ecological restoration work, in partnership with the community, to maintain, enhance and protect our natural environment and its biodiversity. Restoration work controls weeds, re-establishes wildlife corridors and assists the recovery of ecosystems that are degraded, damaged, or destroyed.

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With so many stakeholders and groups of community volunteers now involved in restoration work, the 10 councils of the region agreed in 2011 to develop regional standards for undertaking ecological restoration projects. The result was the South East Queensland (SEQ) Ecological Restoration Framework.

The Framework is designed to guide SEQ councils, community groups and landowners in their efforts to:

  • conserve and enhance biodiversity by increasing the extent and improving the condition of native vegetation
  • ensure long-term environmental and economic sustainability
  • ensure ongoing improvement and maintenance of ecosystem services.

The Framework comprises three key documents:

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  • Code of Practice - a policy document setting out the aims of the Framework
  • Guideline - a decision-making tool to guide the most appropriate course of action
  • Manual - a technical, but easy to use, guide to all aspects of ecological restoration.

The Guideline applies to anyone undertaking ecological restoration works in South East Queensland, including council employees and contractors, other government organisations and utility providers, volunteers, community groups and private landowners. It also includes case study examples of best practice, including the City’s assisted regeneration of Numinbah Conservation Area, which began in 2008.

Copies of the Framework’s three documents can be downloaded here.

For more information on the Framework, contact us on 07 5581 1537.

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