As South East Queensland has developed, local councils 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.
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:
Code of Practice
|A policy document providing a head of power for the subsequent guidelines and manual. The code of practice reflects the SEQ policy environments where it is to be housed.||A decision making tool to guide users to the most appropriate course of action in their project. This document links to current best practice and some of the examples demonstrated in the manual element.||A technical but easy to use guide to all aspects of ecological restoration. This document is reflective of current best practice and provides the minimum acceptable solutions to ecological restoration.|
The framework was delivered by Healthy Land and Water in partnership with the councils of South East Queensland:
- Scenic Rim Regional Council
- Brisbane City Council
- City of Gold Coast
- Lockyer Valley Regional Council
- Moreton Bay Regional Council
- Toowoomba Regional Council
- Redland City Council
- Somerset Regional Council
- Sunshine Coast Regional Council
- Logan City Council
- City of Ipswich
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.