Species diversity is the spice of life

Across the country – and around the world – biodiversity is in rapid decline. As a service provider, planning and regulatory authority, owner and manager, Eurobodalla Council has a role to play in preserving and enhancing the county’s biodiversity

Council environmental planner Stacey Clohesy said residents and visitors to Eurobodalla value nature.

“Nature is one of the main reasons people live or vacation here,” Ms Clohesy said.

“However, by 2036, the county’s population is expected to increase by 5,000 people with approximately 4,000 additional homes needed. Eurobodalla already has more than 200 plants, animals and ecological communities listed as threatened. A biodiversity strategy ensures that our plants and animals also have a home as the human population grows.

As work on the draft strategy is about to begin, Clohesy said the board is currently seeking community input.

“We want to hear your thoughts before we start writing,” she said.

“For example, which parts of the natural landscape are important to you and why? Do you see opportunities for habitat restoration in urban areas? Should there be opportunities for local landowners to set aside areas of their property to offset residential development, generating a revenue stream? If not, how can individuals, groups, businesses and the Council promote biodiversity in the county? »

Ms Clohesy said people could get involved in a number of ways, with an online survey on the Council’s website over the next month and in-person workshops in early May.

“Alternatively speaking to Council staff working on the drafting of the strategy is possible and I encourage anyone interested to sign up for project updates,” she said.

“Once the project is completed in September, we will submit it for public comment.”

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