Friday, June 21, 2024

Brisbane to roll out green Olympics runway

The green and gold runway to Brisbane 2032 is set to become a whole lot greener, thanks to a bold new partnership that will see one million more native plants established before the Olympic and Paralympic.

Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner said the new partnership with Greening Australia will take Brisbane’s biodiversity to the next level by restoring greenspace and creeks across the city.

“Brisbane is Australia’s fastest growing capital city and we must protect and enhance our greenspace if we are to preserve our liveability,” Lord Mayor Schrinner said.

“We are already Australia’s most biodiverse capital city, but it’s important we continue to take further steps to protect Brisbane’s rich wildlife habitat for future generations.

“With the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games rapidly approaching, we are rolling up our sleeves now to sow the seeds for future environmental health.”

On average, Council plants more than 56,000 native plants annually, handing out an additional 45,000 saplings for free to residents each year.

“With our extensive tree planting program, the one million native plants will help add over 1.5 million plants to key environmental areas in Brisbane in the lead up to 2032,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Council’s own Sustainability Agency has teamed up with Greening Australia to deliver the Biodiverse Brisbane Initiative, with a focus on creating and restoring natural habitat across our city.

“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.”

Through the partnership, up to 500 hectares of urban wildlife habitat, including the restoration of wetlands and riverbanks across Brisbane will be reinstated.

Hundreds of native ground cover, shrubs and tree varieties will be rolled out through various donor and corporate funded planting days, he said.

Chair of Brisbane Sustainability Agency, Nigel Chamier AM said the partnership was the first step towards further environmental revitalisation.

“Brisbane Sustainability Agency is proud to support Council’s Clean and Green goals through the establishment of a partnership with Greening Australia,” Mr Chamier said.

“We are going to plant one million plants to create and restore critical wildlife habitat, especially along our wetland and riverbank areas in Brisbane.

“Brisbane 2032 is our goal, but this is also about creating an environmental legacy beyond the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Greening Australia CEO, Heather Campbell said the collaboration with Council will have long-lasting benefits for Brisbane.

“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.”

The project will contribute to Council achieving its goal of 40% natural habitat cover across Brisbane.

“Establishing one million plants before Brisbane 2032 will help make our city even more clean and green, while showcasing the city as a leader in sustainability on the world stage,” Lord Mayor Schrinner said.

“We are committed to putting the plans in place now so that we can welcome the world to a cleaner and greener Brisbane in 2032 and beyond.”

To find out more about the Biodiverse Brisbane Initiative, visit the Brisbane Sustainability Agency website at www.sustainablebrisbane.com.au.

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