The City of Whittlesea is developing its first Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan which will provide directions to improve the management and protection of biodiversity across the municipality.
Whittlesea 2040: A place for all is Council’s long-term vision for the future to ensure the City of Whittlesea remains a great place to live. Valued natural landscapes and biodiversity is identified as a key direction in the Whittlesea 2040 vision. The Strategy builds upon that theme with its overarching goal:
To Protect and Improve Local Biodiversity
To achieve this goal the Biodiversity Strategy sets out six broad objectives, to:
- Improve our knowledge and understanding of local biodiversity
- Manage Council land to reduce threats and improve habitat quality
- Support rural landowners to protect and improve biodiversity on private land
- Encourage awareness and participation in urban biodiversity and improvement
- Strengthen the Planning Scheme to achieve better biodiversity outcomes
- Collaborate with other land management agencies
Importantly, biodiversity management is not something that can be managed by individual landowners, Council or government agencies in isolation. Collaboration will be essential to make a meaningful difference to biodiversity within the City of Whittlesea and beyond.
In implementing this Strategy, the City of Whittlesea will be committing to working with community and other agencies to ensure that our natural values are there for future generations.
Council is currently developing a series of actions (Action Plan) for each of the objectives above with the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan due to be available for public comment on Council’s website from April 2019.
For further information contact Mark Williams on 9217 2471 or Mark.Williams@Whittlesea.vic.gov.au.