- Wednesday 04 November 2009
Storing carbon credits and community partnerships are just two of a whole range of tactics Sunshine Coast Council may use to protect our unique environment.
The tactics to address a range of issues, including information from current research showing that we are losing habitat faster than it can be rehabilitated, are included in the Sunshine Coast Council’s Draft Biodiversity Strategy which is currently available for community comment as part of Council’s extensive Our Place Our Future planning program.
The draft strategy aims to ensure the region’s biodiversity is protected, enhanced, healthy, resilient to climate change and valued by the entire community by 2020.
Environmental Portfolio Councillor Keryn Jones said that the draft strategy is council’s greenprint for the future protection of the Coast’s natural environment and encourages the community to have its say.
“The Sunshine Coast is one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia and the environment is part of what makes it such a great place to live and visit,” Cr Jones said.
“However, growth is taking its toll on native habitat and fauna, and research shows reinstatement rates are not keeping up.
“Healthy functioning ecosystems provide more than just beautiful scenery—they play a ‘life-giving’ role and provide essential services to the community, like clean air, water and so much more.
“The Draft Biodiversity Strategy addresses ways we can protect the Coast’s biodiversity for future generations.
“It not only builds on the work already being undertaken by council but also sets the direction for conservation and green infrastructure development to help strengthen the Coast’s ecosystems.
“It also addresses key threats to the environment, such as population growth, vegetation clearing, climate change, weeds and pest control and land management practices.”
Cr Jones said protecting the Coast’s unique environment for future generations is a big task and needs the help of the community.
“A major focus of the draft strategy is to foster ongoing partnerships with the community to promote and implement conservation initiatives.
“It also considers new and innovative opportunities such as storing carbon dioxide (carbon sequestration), which may deliver good outcomes as well as reduce greenhouse gases.
“The Coast’s community has made it clear to council that they want to preserve our environment, so we look forward to hearing your thoughts and views on the draft strategy.
This draft strategy is shaped by feedback from earlier consultation programs making this the last time it goes to the community before going to council for adoption. If adopted, it will become the platform for council’s future operations and discussions with other levels of government.
The community can have its say on the Draft Biodiversity Strategy by filling out the feedback form or by sending council a detailed submission.
For more information or to have your say:
- Visit council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
- Take part in an online discussion via Facebook
- Visit a local library or council customer service centre
- Talk to a staff member at a local roadshow display near you.
Submissions close at 4pm on Monday 7 December 2009.
The remaining roadshow dates are:
4 November, 3–7 pm, Cooroora United Soccer Club, Black Mountain Rd, Cooroy
6 November, 9am–1pm, Kenilworth Hall, Elizabeth St, Kenilworth
7 November, 9am–1pm, Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple St, Maleny
8 November, Caloundra Markets, Bulcock St, Caloundra
9 November, 3–7 pm, Nambour Civic Centre, Centenary Square, Currie St, Nambour
12 November, 3–7 pm, Beerwah and District Community Hall, Peachester Rd, Beerwah
14 November, 9 am–1 pm, The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton St, Caloundra
16 November, 9 am–1 pm, Currimundi Market Place, Cnr Nicklin Way and Bellara Drv, Currimundi
16 November, 3–7 pm, Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsman’s Pde, Bokarina
17 November, 3–7 pm, Noosa Junction, The J, 60 Noosa Drv, Noosa Heads
19 November, 3–7 pm, Millwell Road Community Centre, 11a Millwell Rd East,, Maroochydore
21 November, Yandina Markets, Old Bruce Highway, Yandina
24 November, 9am–1pm, Palmwoods Memorial Hall, Main St, Palmwoods
26 November, 9am–1pm, Mapleton Community Hall, 31 Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton
28 November, 9am–1pm, Innovation Centre, Sunshine Coast University, 90 Sippy Downs Drv, Sippy Downs
29 November, Cotton Tree Markets, King St, Cotton Tree