Council adopts Biodiversity Strategy
  • Friday 09 April 2010

Sunshine Coast Council has taken a giant step towards protecting the Coast’s unique environment for future generations by adopting the Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy 2010–2020.

This very important document will inform and guide council’s environmental programs and biodiversity conservation over the next decade.

Environmental Portfolio councillor Keryn Jones said the Biodiversity Strategy leads the way towards protecting, enhancing and connecting the Coast’s natural assets which the community has consistently identified as a top priority.

“Council reviewed the submissions received on the draft Biodiversity Strategy during the Our Place Our Future consultation last year and most of the feedback strongly agreed with the strategy’s vision,” Cr Jones said.

“The feedback highlighted concerns about the effect of population growth and development on the environment, and supported the need for council to facilitate community partnerships and involvement, and coordinate pest management across the region.

“To finalise—and improve—the strategy, council took on board the community’s comments and addressed the issues raised during the consultation.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank the contributions of the Sunshine Coast community during the development of the final Biodiversity Strategy.”

Cr Jones said the Biodiversity Strategy is council’s greenprint to protect our ecosystems into the future.

“It will guide the actions necessary to ensure our natural environment is protected, enhanced and healthy for the coming generations.

“These actions, many of which are only made possible due to the Environment Levy, will focus on building green infrastructure across the landscape—and we are already well on the way.

“Over a five year period, until 2014, council has allocated $19.6 million to purchase environmentally significant land for future generations to enjoy—so far four properties have been purchased and council is close to buying two more.

“During the same period $8.3 million of community grants and partnership programs will be rolled out—including Land for Wildlife properties and Voluntary Conservation Agreements—to work with the community in making our vision to become the most sustainable region a reality.

“And work is now underway on a Regional Pest Management Plan.”

The Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy 2010–20 was adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Thursday 8 April. Visit the environmental management section of council’s website for a copy.