Environmental offsets

To ensure we maintain a safe and reliable electricity supply to you, there will be times when we cannot avoid accessing sites and trimming or removing vegetation.

When we plan and build powerlines we conduct a thorough environmental assessment to determine the consequences of works and to consider the appropriate course of action. If environmental impacts to vegetation and wildlife are unavoidable due to the construction of powerlines, we implement our Environmental Offset Policy.

In those instances when native vegetation is cut down, we are required to plant trees or initiate other environmental projects in the area to offset the vegetation removed. Various government policies and rulings can trigger an environmental offset obligation for Energex.

When fulfilling our environmental offset obligations, we seek to optimise the environmental and community benefit, as well as exercise sound business practices. We aim to maximise every environmental offset dollar spent to offer both best value to customers and to create a lasting legacy for future generations.

Our environment offset activities

We deliver environmental offset projects in partnership with various local organisations such as Seqwater, local councils and conservation groups throughout South East Queensland. This allows these organisations and Energex to pool resources, funds, expertise and skills to deliver enduring and cost effective offsets that:

  • enrich wildlife habitat and corridors
  • improve biodiversity
  • enhance landscapes
  • develop community recreational areas
  • stabilise waterways and control erosion
  • improve water supplies

What we have delivered so far

Since 2010, we have:

  • planted approximately 270,000 trees on 190 hectares of land in the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Gympie Regional Council, Redland City, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Regional Council areas on land managed by Local Government or Seqwater to increase Koala habitat and support Koala conservation;
  • restored sections of badly degraded waterways in South East Queensland throughout the Lockyer, Brisbane and Bremer River catchments to enhance vegetation growth and prevent further soil erosion in partnership with SEQ Catchments;
  • contributed to the design of a fish passage on the Mary River at Crump Weir, Gympie, which will open 250 km of river reaches to up and down stream fish movements that will help the recovery of Mary River cod, Mary River turtles and Queensland lungfish;
  • purchased 279 hectares of bushland within the strategic Flinders Peak – Karawatha Regional Corridor as a contribution to regional wildlife conservation outcomes in South East Queensland.

Our current environmental offset list

We are proud of our environmental offset activities developed in partnership with local organisations throughout South East Queensland. These projects achieve cost efficiencies and meet, or even exceed, government requirements while maximising conservation outcomes. We work with the community to deliver and maintain these environmental offset projects to offer long lasting benefits future generations can enjoy.

View our current list

We  are involved in 18 projects as part of the environmental offsetting program associated with our capital works program. These projects have delivered the planting of around 180,000 trees along with restoration work and a range of other environmental activities for local communities.

For further details on individual offset sites please email our environmental experts.

RegionSiteEnvironmental offset activityLocal Partners
Brisbane City CouncilGranard Wetlands, RockleaPlanting 25,000 plantsBrisbane City Council, Oxley Creek Catchment Association & local businesses
Gold Coast City CouncilPimpama-Coomera Koala Habitat Corridor87,650 trees plantedGold Coast City Council, SEQ Catchments
Gympie Regional CouncilVictoria Bridge Conservation Area, Gympie7,500 trees planted and the creation of a community recreation spaceGympie Regional Council, Landscape Conservation
Gympie Regional CouncilGympie Weir, GympieDesign of a fishway to restore fish movement and breeding in the Mary RiverSeqwater
Logan City CouncilUndullahRestoration of regional ecosystems, koala habitat, wetlands and watercourses 
Moreton Bay Regional CouncilGolds Scrub, North Pine Dam, Dayboro9,000 trees plantedSeqwater, SEQ Catchments
Moreton Bay Regional CouncilWhiteside, North Pine Dam, Whiteside9,000 trees plantedSeqwater, SEQ Catchments
Moreton Bay Regional CouncilNorth Pine River14,400 trees plantedSeqwater, SEQ Catchments
Redland City CouncilKidd St, Redland Bay709 trees plantedRedland City Council, Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordination Committee (B4C)
Redland City CouncilHomestead Park Koala Corridor10,800 trees plantedRedland City Council, SEQ Catchments, local residents
Scenic Rim Regional CouncilWarrill Creek, TaromeRestoration of waterwaySEQ Catchments
Scenic Rim Regional CouncilBicentenary Reserve, Boonah755 trees plantedScenic Rim Regional Council
Scenic Rim Regional CouncilIll Bogan Reserve, Logan River, Beaudesert263 trees plantedScenic Rim Regional Council
Scenic Rim Regional CouncilThe Shelf Rd, Mt TamborineRestoration of rainforestScenic Rim Regional Council, Tamborine Land Care, Landscape Conservation
Somerset Regional CouncilBrisbane River-Lockyer Creek, Lowood/Patrick EstateRestoration of the confluence of Lockyer Creek & Brisbane RiverSEQ Catchments
Somerset Regional CouncilWivenhoe Dam, Pine Hill12,600 trees plantedSeqwater, SEQ Catchments
Sunshine Coast Regional CouncilBaroon Pocket Dam, Maleny1,080 trees plantedSeqwater, SEQ Catchments
Sunshine Coast Regional CouncilLondon Creek Environmental Reserve Agreement 1, Peachester27,000 trees plantedSunshine Coast Regional Council, Landscape Conservation
Sunshine Coast Regional CouncilLondon Creek Environmental Reserve Agreement 2, PeachesterRestoration of London CreekSunshine Coast Regional Council

Do you want more information on Energex's environmental offsets? Email our environmental experts today.