Land and pest management

Council works with local authorities to actively manage the land, pests, risk of fire and wildlife. 

Land management

Our aim is to protect, enhance and restore natural areas while maintaining the biodiversity values of our unique tropical environment. 

We run a native plant nursery to supply revegetation and restoration activities at areas including Cattana Wetlands and Cairns Central Swamp, for Reef Rescue and River Improvement Trust projects and Tropical Tree Day. The nursery is not open to the public. 

Cairns Regional Council supports all landcare groups, community groups, schools and individual landowners that are engaging in genuine revegetation projects.

Trees and plants

Read more about trees and plants including information on vegetation protection, biodiversity, and how to resolve neighourhood tree disputes.

Pest management

We actively manage weeds and feral animals on our land. Read more about regional pest management.

Fire management

Council's hazard reduction burn program is designed to reduce the number of wildfires, provide protection for urban areas and conserve forest habitats. It is carried out in cooperation with the Cairns and District Fire Management Committee, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Environment and Resource Management and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.

Environmental protection

Environmental Protection is responsible for implementing specific provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and subordinate legislation pertaining to the protection of the environment from environmental harm. 

State Legislation includes:

  • Environmental Protection Act 1994
  • Environmental Protection Regulation 2008
  • Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009 (EPP Water)
  • Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2008
  • Environmental Protection (Noise) Policy 1997
  • Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation 2000
  • Waste Reduction & Recycling Act 2011

Activities regulated and enforced by Environmental Protection include environmentally relevant activities (ERAs), contamination of waterways, environmental nuisances including light, noise, odour, particles and smoke, erosion and sediment control, illegal dumping and dewatering permits.

Refer to the links below for specific information.

Complaint management

Council has a duty to investigate and respond to complaints received. A complaint may result in an inspection of your premises to ensure you are complying with the legislation.

Complaints that are not a Council matter but a civil matter may be referred to mediation. Further information regarding mediation can be found at the Department of Justice & Attorney-General website.

More information

Copies of the Environmental Protection Act 1994, Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and associated legislation can be found at the Queensland Legislation website.

Last updated: 15 July 2015