Habitat Protection Partnerships

Environmental partnerships in the Redlands - regenerated area

Habitat Protection Partnerships offer advice and support to landholders who would like to make a difference to Redlands natural environment.

Check out the latest Habitat Protection Newsletter [PDF 854KB]

Environmental partnerships in the Redlands - Voluntary Conservation Agreement Program

The Voluntary Conservation Agreement Program (VCA) is a formal arrangement between a landholder and Council to conserve and manage bushland on private property. It is voluntary and free to join.

As a landholder, when you join the VCA program you will sign a statutory covenant on the title of the property which is legally binding. This covenant can cover part or all of your property.

Benefits to landowners

  • A yearly grant for the first 10 years of the program, up to 66% of the annual general rates for the property.
  • Council covers the cost of surverying and covenant lodgement fees.
  • Assistance in developing a property management plan.
  • A sign to display on your property.
  • Flora and fauna identification.
  • Advice on best practise bushland management.
  • Free property management training sessions, workshops and field days.
  • Opportunities to meet other like-minded landholders and share knowledge and experiences.

Qualifying for a VCA

To be eligible for a VCA you must be committed to the protection, enhancement and management of biodiversity on your property. The property itself must:

  • Hold good quality native vegetation 
  • Be at least 1ha in size 
  • Be located in a non-urban zone as described by the Redlands Planning Scheme.

For more information contact:

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre

Senior Extension Officer - Habitat Protection

Ph: (07) 3824 8611   

Email: habitatprotection@redland.qld.gov.au 

Voluntary Conservation Agreement Program [PDF 0.5MB]

Environmental partnerships in the Redlands - Land for Wildlife sign

Land For Wildlife is a free voluntary program for owners of properties that are vegetated with bushland. It is supported by Redland City Council and is coordinated regionally by SEQ Catchments.

This program aims to encourage and assist private landholders to provide habitats for native plants and animals on their property, even though the property may be managed primarily for other purposes.

Importantly, being a registered Land For Wildlife property will not change the legal status of the property in any way.

Benefits to landowners

  • A sign to place on fence or gate to show that the property is participating in habitat protection. 
  • Property visits providing advice on wildlife habitat from a Land for Wildlife Extension Officer. 
  • Ability to apply for financial assistance for approved projects to undertake natural resource management works on your property. 
  • Maximum of $750 per property for supply of materials and contract labour.
  • Free property management training sessions, workshops and field days. 
  • Opportunities to meet other like-minded landholders and share knowledge and experiences.
  • Quarterly newsletters.

Qualifying for Land For Wildlife

Neighbouring properties may join together and apply for a group registration.

A 'working towards' registration category is available for landholders who do not qualify for full registration at the first property visit, but are willing to improve habitat on the property long term to meet the requirements.

Check out the latest Land for Wildlife Newsletters ‚Äč

For more information contact:

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre

Senior Extension Officer - Habitat Protection

Ph: (07) 3824 8611

Email: habitatprotection@redland.qld.gov.au   

Land for Wildlife brochure [PDF 0.8MB]

HP LFW-RS Financial Assistance Application [PDF 0.1MB]

Environmental partnerships in the Redlands - Waterways Extension Program

Redland City Council is committed to improving the health of Redlands' waterways.  The Waterways Extension Program (WEP) is a voluntary and action oriented program that assists private landholders with catchment and waterway management, to reduce pollutants entering Redlands waterways.

Council is seeking to partner with landholders to undertake projects to keep our waterways healthy, clean and free from pollution in Hilliards Creek and Eprapah Creek catchments.  These two areas were chosen as priority locations during waterways monitoring.

Benefits to Landowners

  • Ability to apply for financial assistance for approved projects to undertake natural resource management works on your property. Examples of works include stream bank, farm dam and wetland enhancement projects (e.g. fencing, weed control and revegetation) and rehabilitate erosion prone or degraded areas.
  • Advice on best management practice for your property and/or assistance with developing a property management plan. 
  • Advice on stock management, pasture improvement and fertiliser application. 
  • Free property management training sessions, workshops and field days.
  • Opportunities to meet other like-minded landholders and share knowledge and experiences.

Qualifying for the WEP

  • Your property must be in one of the priority catchments, currently either Eprapah or Hilliards Creek catchments.
  • You must be willing to actively participate in projects to improve water quality on your property.
  • Properties should be larger than 1000m2 in size.

Learn more about Redlands waterways and catchments 

For more information contact:

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre

Waterways Extension Officer

Ph: (07) 3824 8611 

Email: habitatproctection@redland.qld.gov.au

Waterways Extension Program brochure [PDF 0.8MB]

Financial Request Form [PDF 0.2MB]

Floating Wetlands Factsheet [PDF 2MB]

Redlands Waterway Recovery Report [PDF 2MB]

The Rural Support Program is a partnership with council to assist landholders to manage their property for improved environmental outcomes. It is free voluntary program for owners of properties larger than 6000m2.

Benefits to landowners

  • Rural Support extension officer will undertake property visits to offer on-going advice on various environmental issues that affect your property.
  • Ability to apply for financial assistance for approved projects to undertake natural resource management works on your property.
  • Development of pest control and regeneration programs, as required.
  • Flora and fauna identification and monitoring.
  • Free property management training sessions, workshops and field days.
  • Opportunities to meet other like-minded landholders and share knowledge and experiences.

Qualifying for Rural Support

Generally properties need to be larger than 6000m2 and be located outside the urban footprint.

Financial Assistance Application [PDF 0.1MB]

For more information contact:

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre

Senior Extension Officer - Habitat Protection

Ph: (07) 3820 1109

Email: habitatprotection@redland.qld.gov.au

Environmental partnerships in the Redlands - Koala Conservation Agreement Program

The Koala Conservation Agreement Program (KCAP) is a partnership/legal agreement between a landholder and Council to protect and reinstate koala habitat.

The program is voluntary and free to join with an agreement running for a five year period. The agreement does not alter the title of the property and is extinguished at resale.

Benefits to landholders

  • Annual financial support for approve projects for the life of the agreement to assist you with your conservation efforts.
  • Property management plan developed in partnership with council.
  • Advice on bushland management practises and making your property koala friendly.
  • Free property management training sessions, workshops and field days.
  • Opportunities to meet other like-minded landholders and share knowledge and experiences.

Qualifying for a KCAP

To qualify for a KCAP you must be committed to the protection and management of koala habitat on your property.

The property must:

  • Have either koala habitat or food trees or the ability to support either,
  • Be located on the mainland or North Stradbroke Island.

For more information contact:

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre

Senior Extension Officer – Habitat Protection

Ph. (07) 3824 8611 

Email: habitatprotection@redland.qld.gov.au

Your Backyard Garden Program (YBYG) is for urban landholders that live near Council bushland reserves or within wildlife corridors. The program aims to make your backyard more bushland and wildlife-friendly.

When you join, you will receive a visit from an extension officer who will help you with a property assessment.

Benefits to landowners

  • Advice on environmental weeds, local native plants and wildlife in the area.
  • Advice on how to keep your pets happy, and wildlife safe.
  • Advice on water conservation.
  • Incentives for property owners to undertake bushland and wildlife friendly apparoved projects.
  • Free Your Backyard Garden Guide booklet.

Generally, residents are invited to participate in the program via a letter, however there is a limited number of appointments available to other residents.
 
For more information contact:

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre   
Extension Officer - Habitat Protection
Ph: (07) 3824 8611 
Email: habitatprotection@redland.qld.gov.au