Natural resource management
Council works with local authorities to actively manage the land, pests, risk of fire and wildlife.
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
- The PlantSmart guide ( PDF, 0.5 MB ) will help you choose suitable plants for planting near powerlines.
- The Dirty Dozen plant guide ( PDF, 2.74 MB ) lists 12 common garden plants that can become environmental weeds.
- Use the Gardening with Natives list ( PDF, 2.18 MB ) to choose local native plants instead of exotics for your urban backyard.
- Council's planning scheme provides vegetation management codes and instruments. You may require a permit to damage or remove vegetation.
We actively manage weeds and feral animals on our land. Read more about regional pest 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.