Sustainable Townsville Program
The Townsville City Council Sustainable Townsville Program aims to promote overall sustainability in Council and reports on existing Council and City sustainability initiatives. It also assists in the development of Council Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) capabilities.
- Townsville: Queensland Solar City Bid
- City solar and Community Based Social Marketing
- Carbon Neutral Water Recycling (Townsville Water)
- Cities for Climate Protection
- Townsville City Greenhouse Audit
- Toyota Priuses and Honda Civic electric/petrol hybrid cars and Trees for Fleet
- StrandWind Project
- Accelerated Sustainability Planning & Training
- Supporting Centre for Excellence in Tropical Design (CETD): Sustainability and Innovation
For further information please call Integrated Sustainability Services on 1300 878 001.
Environmental Excellence and Sustainability Awards
Each year Townsville’s annual Environmental Excellence & Sustainability Awards recognises the environmental and sustainability contributions, achievements and commitments of local schools, community groups, individuals and businesses to achieve a sustainable future for Townsville. The awards recognise volunteers’ hard work and dedication to the local community in shaping Townsville into a clean, green and sustainable place to live and work.
Supporting Creek to Coral "Our Waterways Our Responsibility"
Creek to Coral is a healthy waterways program, which is a join initiative by the Queensland State Government - Department of Environment and Resource Management, Townsville City Council and is also supported by the Townsville Port Authority and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
The Creek to Coral program aims to maintain and enhance healthy waterways in the coastal dry tropics of Townsville and Thuringowa. Townsville City Council's program includes a focus on Total Water Cycle Management and community education and involvement. The Total Water Cycle Management is a partnership between Townsville Water, Construction and Maintenance and Integrated Sustainability Services.
Urban Nature Program
Urban Nature Program is a Townsville City Council's initiative and a commitment to the planting of 10,000 trees per year through shade tree plantings, free trees, revegetation projects, community involvement and schools. The program include three subprograms:
- Urban Nature - Community Greening Program
- Urban Nautare - School Shade Tree Program
- Urban Nature - Greentree Ant Program
Natural Assets Database
The Natural Assets Database (NAD) is a natural resources management and ecotourism resource for Townsville and the Burdekin Dry Tropics. It is a one stop shop for finding out about the Greater Townsville region of North Queensland. Whether the interest is bird watching, ecotourism, revegetation, accommodation or what's on, you can find the information here.
The NAD is also a great tool for students to find information and learn about the natural diversity of Townsville.
Innovative Stormwater Management
A partnership between Integrated Sustainability Services and Engineering Services as well as Council's business unit Citiworks on the development and implementation of an Urban Stormwater Quality Management Plan (USQMP) as well a two Federally funded projects:
National Heritage Trust - Coasts and Clean Seas Program:
1. Louisa Creek Project
- Camuglia Street
- Greg Jabs Court
2. Urban Stormwater Initiative
- CBD Urban Waterway Project
- Lakes 1 & 2
- Railway Yards
- Reid Park
Community Education is an important component of these programs.
Rowes Bay Sand Renourishment Project
An ongoing beach monitoring and sand renourishment project to assist in the rehabilitation of beaches along Rowes Bay Pallarenda.
Community Flora and Fauna for Council
The project aims to incorporate the community in the hands-on management and rehabilitation of selected council natural areas. It seeks to develop a more valuable relationship with the community in local bush care activities and aims to demonstrate and implement best practice natural area management to council and within the community.
Implementing Natural Area Management Plans
Target areas for the Community Flora and Fauna for council program include Castle Hill Reserve, Louisa Creek, Rowes Bay Wetland and Sand Island Reserve, Nelly Bay Habitat, Picnic Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Nome and Stuart Creek. The implementation of the Natural Area Management Plans for these areas is undertaken by the Greening and Waterways Team.
Integrated Sustainability Services provides resources to the Community Revegetation Program developed between Townsville City Council and Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Inc (CDTLI). The council funds bush care coordination and other on-ground technical support.
Land for Wildlife
Land for Wildlife is a nature conservation scheme coordinated with other North Queensland Councils. The scheme is a voluntary and legally non-binding program where landholders can enter their property on a register and receive advice, information and the opportunity to attend field days on managing their land to provide habitats for native flora and fauna.
Nelly Bay Habitat Reserve and Interpretive Facilities & Magnetic Island Interpretive Signage
An interpretive facility at the Nelly Bay Habitat Reserve on Magnetic Island offers information on the type of environment that is within the Habitat Reserve. Feel welcome to visit the site and appreciate the fantastic artwork and environment of the area.
Facilitating the development of a Townsville Ecotourism Strategy that promotes the intrinsic worth and value of Townsville's distinct seasonally dry (monsoon) tropical and marine environment and to establish Townsville as an exciting Ecotourism destination.
Working with the community to implement coastal protection and enhancement works through NHT, Envirofund, Community Environment Fund, Great Barrier Reef Coastal Waters Protection Program funded projects (e.g. Cungulla Coastcare, Cungulla Interdunal Wetlands Management Guidelines, Pallarenda Coastcare).
Environmental Training, Education and Awareness
Providing community and Council education and training for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Planning, Acid Sulphate Soil, Environmental Protection Act Training as well as raising awareness of environmental conservation and protection at festivals and community events.
Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Planning for North Queensland is a comprehensive and accredited training course developed by industry leaders in soil and water management in Queensland in conjunction with the Townsville City Council.
The Environmental Protection Act Training is undertaken as part of Council Induction trainings for new staff. This induction provides general awareness of Council's environmental responsibility and also raises staff awareness of global trends and Council's environmental and sustainability initiatives. The training also provides information and tips on applying general sustainability principles for staff to implement in their daily activities and at home.
For further information about any of these initiatives, please call Integrated Sustainability Services on 1300 878 001.