Land & 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 (not open to public) to supply revegetation and restoration activities at sites including Cattana Wetlands and Cairns Central Swamp, for Reef Rescue and River Improvement Trust projects, and Tropical Tree Day. We support landcare groups, community groups, schools and landowners that are engaging in genuine revegetation projects.

Pest management

We actively manage weeds and feral animals on our land.

Fire management

Council’s Fire Risk Mitigation Program includes site-specific fire management plans for identified high priority sites, periodic assessment and management of fuel loads, the creation and maintenance of fire lines, access tracks and the coordination of fire management activities with external agencies. It has been developed to reduce the number and severity of wildfires, provide protection for urban areas and conserve forest habitats. Council works closely with other agencies that have responsibilities for managing fire, including rural fire brigades, QPWS and QFES.

Trees and plants

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 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.

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Last updated: 02 April 2020