Suburban homeowners in the City of Logan are getting ready to roll out the welcome mat for local wildlife.
After feedback from the community, one of Logan City Council’s most popular environmental programs has been extended to include all property owners.
Habitat Connections is a free initiative providing City of Logan residents with support to make their backyards and natural areas more wildlife friendly.
Previously, the program was only available to those living within biodiversity corridors or along waterways.
City Planning, Economic Development and Environment Committee Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said Council was excited to extend the program to all those who wanted to take part.
“Habitat Connections is a great program that puts our residents at the forefront of our efforts to make wildlife welcome and safe in our city,” Cr Raven said.
“We have so many people in the City of Logan who are passionate about supporting and preserving our natural habitats.
“Our environmental and wildlife champions exist in all corners of our city so it is important that they all have the opportunity to do their bit to preserve and support our animals and plants.”
Members of the Habitat Connections program are issued with a sign for their fence and receive free native plants each year to help attract local wildlife.
They are also given access to resources and workshops to learn about weeds, native plants, wildlife and related topics.
The initiative is part of Council’s Conservation Incentives Program, which will undergo a name change next month and become the Environmental Conservation Partnerships (ECP) program.
Other initiatives in the program include Land for Wildlife and Voluntary Restoration or Conservation Agreements – which are entered into when residents want to receive a higher level of support from Council in their conservation efforts.
Council has supported private land conservation projects since the introduction of the Land for Wildlife program in 1998.