Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy
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Council adopted the Biodiversity Strategy at its Ordinary Meeting on 8 April 2010.
The Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2020 aims to ensure the region’s biodiversity is protected, enhanced, healthy, resilient to climate change and valued by the entire community by 2020.
The Sunshine Coast is one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia. It boasts a vast array of life forms, ecosystems and natural assets. However, a range of pressures are taking a toll on native habitat and wildlife, and the region is currently experiencing a net habitat loss.
Council will use the Biodiversity Strategy to guide its environmental programs and biodiversity conservation over the next decade.
This short video shows how by partnering with the community, council aims to reduce biodiversity loss and protect the Sunshine Coast for future generations.
These actions, many of which are only made possible due to the Environment Levy, will focus on building green infrastructure across the landscape,ensuring the natural environment is protected, enhanced and healthy for the coming generations.
The Biodiversity Strategy aims to:
- guide council's planning and operational activities and the development of a Sunshine Coast planning scheme
- guide council decision-making and community initiatives
- drive a range of strategies and actions that will deliver the vision and support council’s biodiversity conservation philosophy to protect, enhance and connect natural areas across the region
- engage the community and key stakeholders to build and strengthen partnerships that will be required to bring to bear sufficient resources to make a difference.
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Council adopted the Biodiversity Strategy Implementation Plan [PDF 540KB] at its Ordinary Meeting on 6 October 2010. The implemenation plan details the projects and actions currently being undertaken and others that need to be developed and implemented over the next five years in order to achieve the objectives of the Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy 2010—2020.
The draft Biodiversity Strategy was available for public comment from 12 October 2009 to 7 December 2009. Council reviewed the submissions received on the draft Biodiversity Strategy and considered these in finalising the strategy.
More than one million people are expected to settle in South East Queensland in the next 20 years — of those demographers anticipate that 180,000 will head for the Sunshine Coast.
That means council needs to plan for this growth and also understand the community’s vision, and the constraints and the opportunities in meeting that vision.
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