At its heart, environmental sustainability is about taking care of the environment so that our environment can continue to take care of us, both now and indefinitely into the future.
Across the Region, there are a range of individuals, community groups and organisations working hard to make change happen. Council works with a range of environmental partners.
Find out about some of the projects helping to protect, maintain and enhance our natural environment.
Council owns and manages 44 hectares of land at the Mount Archer summit, known as Fraser Park. (Link to Fraser Park explore page) As part of Stage 1 of the Fraser Park Redevelopment Project, construction of the Nurim Circuit has delivered a high-value nature-based tourism and recreation drawcard for the Rockhampton Region.
As part of a collaborative partnership to take care of Fraser Park, Council is working with local not-for-profit community based group Capricornia Catchments to implement bush regeneration works as part of the overarching Mount Archer Environmental Program. On-ground activities include initial bush regeneration works to establish native and bush tucker plantings, plus long-term weed control, maintenance and litter removal. Associated activities also include community workshops and planting days (in conjunction with Council’s Bringing Nature Back program) and collaboration with a range of other local stakeholders including the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Capricornia Correctional Centre, the Darumbal people, Multicultural Development Australia, Native Plants Capricornia and Birdlife Capricornia.
Project status: Active
Project delivery: September 2018 – June 2020
Project partners: Rockhampton Regional Council, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Capricornia Catchments, Capricornia Correctional Centre, the Darumbal people, Multicultural Development Australia, Native Plants Capricornia, Birdlife Capricornia.
Fish hotels are man-made structures designed to increase or improve fish habitat in creeks, rivers and other water bodies. They can vary in size, shape and location, dependent on the water depth, type of species and other local conditions. They generally utilise natural materials and are anchored to the floor of the water body to create a permanent structure that mimics submerged woody debris.
A number of carefully designed wooden structures have been installed in Yeppen Lagoon, creating a safe haven for thousands of native fish that call the area home. The structures were installed as part of a collaborative project between Rockhampton Regional Council and Fitzroy Basin Association (FBA).
Local native fish species are under severe ecosystem pressure from a variety of sources and recent investigations have identified that Yeppen Lagoon has a significant lack of habitat for fish species. The new structures help our juvenile fish to compete for survival and play an important role in improving habitat and future fish numbers.
Since 2017, the partnership between Rockhampton Regional Council and FBA has seen 30 fish hotels installed at nursery habitat areas across the region.
Read Council's media release about this project.
Project status: Completed
Project delivery: 2017-2018
Project partners: Rockhampton Regional Council and Fitzroy Basin Association