ABOUT 90 people have celebrated 20 years of the Land for Wildlife program in south-east Queensland.
The group got together on Saturday at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre.
Redland City Council hosted drinks and canapes at to say thank you to local landowners for their environmental stewardship.
A council spokesperson said that among those honoured were six sets of property owners who had been active participants in the program since it started in 1998.
“LFW is a partnership program between council, state and federal governments, community organisations and private property owners to manage land in a way that creates and maintains wildlife habitat,” the spokesperson said.
“Redland City Council’s LFW program supports 178 groups of property owners with land management, over an area of 6032 acres.
LFW is one of six extension programs within the environmental partnerships program based at IndigiScapes.
“Jointly the programs plant more than 11,000 plants on private property each year, work with around 440 teams of property owners across the city, and provide support through environmental education, best practice property management and funding for approved projects,” the spokesperson said.
The 2015 declaration of 1399 hectares of bushland on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) created the largest Land for Wildlife property managed by traditional owners in Queensland.
The declaration involved a partnership between Quandamooka Yoolooburabee Aboriginal Corporation and Redland City Council with the support of SEQ Catchments.