Biodiverse Brisbane Initiative launches
Brisbane Sustainability Agency has launched a partnership with Greening Australia and Brisbane City Council to plant one million native plants in Brisbane by 2032.
With the help of Brisbane Sustainability Agency, Brisbane City Council is on a mission to retain the city’s crown as Australia’s most biodiverse capital by planting one million native plants by 2032.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the Biodiverse Brisbane Initiative will showcase Council’s commitment to enhancing Brisbane’s reputation as a sustainable city.
“Brisbane is a city that lives and breathes its dedication to a clean and green lifestyle, and as Brisbane grows, it’s critical that we protect, manage and enhance our biodiversity values,” Cr Schinner said.
“Council has teamed up with Brisbane Sustainability Agency and Greening Australia to help the Biodiverse Brisbane Initiative grow, by focusing on creating native vegetation through the planting of ground cover, shrubs and trees to restore biodiverse natural habitat.
“Brisbane is the first Council in Queensland to collaborate with Greening Australia on their Nature in Cities program, and we’re proud to be leading the way on this important environmental outcome.”
“Brisbane Sustainability Agency is proud to support Brisbane Target 40 goals through the establishment of a partnership with Greening Australia to plant approximately one million plants to reinstate urban wildlife habitat and restore urban wetland and riverbanks within the Brisbane Local Government Area by 2032,” said the Chair of Brisbane Sustainability Agency, Mr Nigel Chamier AM.
Greening Australia CEO Heather Campbell said the collaboration with Council will have long-lasting benefits for the city.
“In our rapidly expanding urban landscape, restoring natural ecosystems and tree canopy for people and wildlife, improving water quality in our rivers and wetlands, and building green corridors is critical,” Ms Campbell said.
“This collaboration to deliver a citywide large-scale project is a first of its kind for Greening Australia, and we’re excited to collaborate with Brisbane for a cleaner and greener future.”
Council planted more than 2 million trees in the Brisbane Local Government Area (LGA) between 2008 and 2012.
Cr Schrinner said the project will contribute to Council achieving its goal of 40% natural habitat cover across Brisbane by 2031.
“Establishing one million plants by 2032 is a legacy environmental outcome that will significantly progress Brisbane towards our clean and green targets, and help showcase Brisbane as a leader in sustainability on the world stage,” he said.
“We are committed to making Brisbane a sustainable clean and green city for the residents of today and tomorrow to enjoy.”