Sunday, February 25, 2024

Logan levy to bed down conservation efforts

Five Logan households are preparing to welcome new neighbours of a furry kind as part of a Logan City Council initiative.

The endangered greater glider, Australia’s largest native gliding mammal, will be given a helping hand when the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland installs 20 nest boxes at five Chambers Flat properties.

The project is one of 39 that received a share of almost $200,000 in EnviroGrants funding to support innovative conservation projects and wildlife carers in the City of Logan.

Council’s Environment Levy funds the EnviroGrants program, among other award-
winning conservation and restoration initiatives.

In the 2022/2023, the Environment Levy also supported:

  • An additional 139 kilowatts of rooftop solar on Logan City Council buildings, saving an estimated $34,000 in annual electricity costs and 150 tonnes of greenhouse emissions;
  • The continued growth of the Bushcare and Trail Care volunteer programs, with more than 226 registered volunteers donating 1215 volunteer hours to enhance the city’s natural environment;
  • The largest edition of the Logan Eco Action Festival, with a record 10,000 attendees;
  • Continued investment in waterway and river recovery programs, with more than 15,000 native shrubs and grasses planted along key waterways and biodiversity corridors with nearly 10,000 pieces of rubbish also collected;
  • Environmental Conservation partnerships with 950 properties spanning over 6,000 hectares through the Land for Wildlife and Habitat Connections programs.

Environment Chair, Councillor Jon Raven said the Environment Levy is vital in facilitating key conservation projects across the city.

“Our ratepayers invest in Logan’s natural landscapes and native animals not just for
today, but for our children to enjoy in the future,” Cr Raven said.

“We know how important our green spaces and wildlife are to the community, and it’s
important we use the Environment Levy to look after them.”

Council’s efforts to support a cleaner and greener future were bolstered by recognition on the national and international stage.

The city was recently awarded the Climate Champion Award at the Cities Power Partnership 2023 Climate Awards in Melbourne.

The recent recognition complements the merit certificate and highly commended recognition received at the AIPH World Green City 2022 Awards held in South Korea last October.

The Environment Levy is collected via quarterly rates notices. Under the 2023/2024 Budget, the Environment Levy is $94.40 per property.

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