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A message from Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner

Brisbane – Clean, Green, Sustainable.

Brisbane’s liveability is linked to our natural environment. Brisbane, Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031 celebrates the significant sustainability and environmental achievements Council has made in partnership with the community, while recognising there is still more to do.

Activities and DIYs

Make your own beeswax wraps!
Make an egg carton animal

Turn your old egg cartons into adorable animals! We’re showing you a quick, easy and fun way to keep the kids entertained at home while minimising waste.

Agents of Discovery

Ever wondered what is like to be a nature agent? Download Agents of discovery to get the kids active, engaged and exploring the Brisbane City Council Environment Centres. Download the app from Apple or Google.

Join Environment Centre staff or volunteers on 28 Sep who will lead kids on their mission and help them explore local bushland, wetlands, and other natural areas for challenges. Book here.

DIY Habitat Tripod

To see a habitat tripod in person, check out the Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre Pollinator Garden at 149 Acacia Rd, Karawatha QLD 4117 Tuesday – Sunday 9am – 4pm

Visit an Environment Centre this school holidays

Conquer school holiday boredom by embracing the outdoors at Brisbane’s Environment Centres. Explore the list of activities for a fortnight of exploration across the wetlands and forest reserves. Book today!

Free Native Plants Program

Council has been providing free native plants to the Brisbane community since the late 1960s. Over 230,000 plants have been provided in the past 5 years to the Brisbane community.

Over 40 different species of native plants are provided through the program. The species on offer include groundcovers, tufting and grasses, climbers, small shrubs, medium shrubs and large specimen trees. A large proportion of the plants that are provided can successfully be grown in pots on a balcony as well as in ground.

By planting local native species means that they are well adapted to our local soils and climate. Native plants will often thrive with less water, fertilisers or sprays. All plant species provided will support local wildlife by providing either food, shelter or habitat benefits. The program provides plants to residential ratepayers, schools, community groups, churches and for citizenship ceremonies.

Collect your Free Native Plant from one of our pop-up events between Sep 20-24. Details here.

Caring for your free native plant

Reducing our waste

Composting

Download the guide to composting and worm farms and apply for a rebate

Download the guide
Upgrade your recycling bin

Swap to a larger recycling bin to make recycling easier for your home. Brisbane City Council has waived the $30 establishment fee when you order a larger recycling bin to replace your existing 240-litre recycling bin.

Order now
What can I put in my bins?

Council is committed to making Brisbane a cleaner and greener place to live. To do this, they need your help to reduce waste going into landfill and increase household
recycling. Recycling is easy and benefits our environment.

Find out more

Reducing our carbon emissions

Take the Brisbane Carbon Challenge
  1. Calculate your household emissions and take the #Brisbane Carbon Challenge
  2. See all the actions you can take to help reduce your carbon emissions
  3. View our resources to help you on your carbon-reducing journey

Protecting and enjoying our natural environment

Environmental Offsets Program

The Offsets and Restoration Program plays a vital role in helping Council achieve its goal of 40% natural habitat cover on mainland Brisbane by 2031.

The selection of sites and carefully planned restoration activities, also help to ensure that Brisbane’s natural habitat cover is connected and healthy. Find out more here.

Celebrating Brisbane’s Trees

Trees provide homes for native birds and wildlife, and tree-shaded pathways can be up to seven degrees cooler. Council encourage people to think about planting shade trees, growing local food and making changes in your garden. Find out more here.

You can also join an upcoming tree planting event at Ellen Grove (16 Oct) or Manly West (23 Oct).

Environment Centres

Brisbane has three environment centres at Boondall Wetlands, Downfall Creek and Karawatha Forest. Each natural area is unique and provides opportunities for visitors to the centres to:

Discover Brisbane’s walking trails

You might be surprised by some of the great local bushwalks and hiking trails you can find close to home, just like this one at Boondall Wetlands!

Celebrating 30 years of Habitat Brisbane

The Habitat Brisbane program is Brisbane City Council’s community bushcare volunteer program. It supports over 160 Habitat Brisbane groups whose hands-on conservation efforts protect and enhance habitat and biodiversity in bushland, parks, wetlands and waterways across Brisbane.

Whatever your skill level and motivation, joining your local Habitat Brisbane group is a great way to meet new people, develop new skills, connect to nature, be active and healthy, and make a difference to your local environment.

Find out more.

Improving our air quality

Real-time air quality index

Council’s clean air index is an air quality indicator based on the measurements of seven monitoring stations.

Why air quality is important

Air quality is a measure of the suitability of air for breathing by people, plants and animals. Each person needs approximately 13,000 litres of clean air per day.

Brazier and fire pit use

Brisbane City Council has regulations to control smoke, ash and fumes as a result of lighting fires in residential and commercial areas.

Protect yourself from smoke

Bushfires can contribute a large load of air pollutants to Brisbane’s airshed. Planned burning is important to manage the threat of bushfires to safety and air quality.

Improving our Brisbane Lifestyle

Victoria Park Vision

Council is changing Victoria Park into an iconic public parkland with something for everybody.

Council is converting the 18-hole golf course into an expansive new 64-hectare park following feedback from residents who have told Council they want more greenspaces with new places to relax. This means more opportunities to enjoy Brisbane’s beautiful climate and connect with family, friends and visitors in the places that make our city great.

Find out more here.

Brisbane Metro

Brisbane Metro will be a key part of Brisbane’s greater transport network linking the city to the suburbs and making it easier to connect with the people and places you love. The all new Brisbane Metro will operate along dedicated busways from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street, and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital to University of Queensland with turn-up-and-go services, operating 24 hours on weekends – no timetables needed. 

Find out more here.

Green Bridges program

By building new green bridges across Brisbane, Council are getting more cars off the road and giving you more choice when it comes to travel.

The new green bridges will make it even easier for you to get around our city on foot, by bike or scooter, or by connecting with public transport. They will create a healthier, more active city, providing positive impacts to lifestyle, amenity and tourism, and economic benefits resulting from improved accessibility and reduced congestion on the ferry, bus and road networks.

Find out more here.

Oxley Creek Transformation

The Oxley Creek Transformation project, a flagship project of Brisbane Sustainability Agency, is delivering on Council’s $100 million commitment to transform the Oxley Creek corridor into a world-class green lifestyle and leisure destination.

The project will deliver the framework of the future parkland corridor through its three goals which focus on the environment, social/community and economy.

Find out more here.

Environment and sustainability grants

Brisbane City Council’s Lord Mayor’s Community Sustainability and Environmental Grants program provides funding to groups and individuals across Brisbane to carry out projects that improve Brisbane’s natural environment and sustainability.

Environmental Grants and Sustainability Grants will open for applications on 8 November – it is important that applicants read the full Grant Guidelines prior to submitting an application.