Ipswich in Autumn 2023

Ipswich’s natural environment will have a strong foundation for dealing with ongoing pressures such as population growth and climate change. A recently adopted Natural Environment Strategy sets the direction for council-led management and protection. As one of the fastest-growing populations in Australia our city faces challenges such as balancing the needs of our environment with the pace of urbanisation. Ipswich is also impacted by wider and long-term issues such as climate change, which is expected to bring increased temperatures, longer droughts, more frequent floods and a harsher fire-weather climate. NURTURING OUR ENVIRONMENT

The new strategy identifies the priority areas where council can take action to protect or restore Ipswich landscapes so they are more resilient to these pressures. The core themes of the strategy are waterways and wetlands, biodiversity and threatened species, Aboriginal cultural heritage and cultural landscape values, urban biodiversity, rural biodiversity and sustainable nature-based recreation. The strategy was developed through extensive consultation, and research into best practice, to align with the specific needs of Ipswich’s natural environment.

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