Biodiversity Conservation Strategy

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Our Draft Byron Shire Biodiversity Conservation Strategy

Consultation closed 20 May 2020.

The draft Byron Shire Biodiversity Conservation Strategy is a plan of action for Council and the community, to protect and enhance our natural environment. The Strategy describes some of our unique biodiversity values, why they are under threat, and how we can help to manage these threats.

To develop the draft Strategy, we spoke to local expert ecologists, community members, landholders, aboriginal representatives and environmental volunteers.

The more we all contribute to biodiversity conservation, the more we are able to protect this natural legacy.

Thankyou for your recent feedback which will be reported to Council for their consideration at their June meeting.

View the Draft Biodiversity Conservation Strategy

Chapter 1 - Introduction

In this Chapter you can find the Strategy's vision and learn why biodiversity is so important in Byron Shire.

Chapter 2 - Threats to Biodiversity

In this Chapter you can find out about why our biodiversity is under threat, and some of the options available to manage these threats.

Chapter 3 - Setting the Scene

This Chapter summarises the information Council used to develop our Strategy. In this chapter you can find information on:

  • Our community and how we impact on biodiversity.
  • The legislation and policies that govern how biodiversity is managed in Byron Shire.
  • The tools and data available to support biodiversity conservation.
  • Key community trends relating to biodiversity conservation.

Chapter 4 - Strategic Framework and Action Plan

This Chapter outlines what Council wants to do to protect and enhance our biodiversity (our aims), and how we intend to do it (our objectives). It also includes a detailed Action Plan – if you want to find out specifically what Council is planning to do to conserve biodiversity, head straight to the Action Plan.

Chapter 5 - Strategy Implementation

This Chapter summarises how Council will fund, monitor and report on the Strategy.

Appendices

Read more about why Biodiversity is so important in Byron Shire? Including a snapshot of Our Biodiversity and some simple ways to help protect our environment.

Our Draft Byron Shire Biodiversity Conservation Strategy

Consultation closed 20 May 2020.

The draft Byron Shire Biodiversity Conservation Strategy is a plan of action for Council and the community, to protect and enhance our natural environment. The Strategy describes some of our unique biodiversity values, why they are under threat, and how we can help to manage these threats.

To develop the draft Strategy, we spoke to local expert ecologists, community members, landholders, aboriginal representatives and environmental volunteers.

The more we all contribute to biodiversity conservation, the more we are able to protect this natural legacy.

Thankyou for your recent feedback which will be reported to Council for their consideration at their June meeting.

View the Draft Biodiversity Conservation Strategy

Chapter 1 - Introduction

In this Chapter you can find the Strategy's vision and learn why biodiversity is so important in Byron Shire.

Chapter 2 - Threats to Biodiversity

In this Chapter you can find out about why our biodiversity is under threat, and some of the options available to manage these threats.

Chapter 3 - Setting the Scene

This Chapter summarises the information Council used to develop our Strategy. In this chapter you can find information on:

  • Our community and how we impact on biodiversity.
  • The legislation and policies that govern how biodiversity is managed in Byron Shire.
  • The tools and data available to support biodiversity conservation.
  • Key community trends relating to biodiversity conservation.

Chapter 4 - Strategic Framework and Action Plan

This Chapter outlines what Council wants to do to protect and enhance our biodiversity (our aims), and how we intend to do it (our objectives). It also includes a detailed Action Plan – if you want to find out specifically what Council is planning to do to conserve biodiversity, head straight to the Action Plan.

Chapter 5 - Strategy Implementation

This Chapter summarises how Council will fund, monitor and report on the Strategy.

Appendices

Read more about why Biodiversity is so important in Byron Shire? Including a snapshot of Our Biodiversity and some simple ways to help protect our environment.

  • Why is Biodiversity so important in Byron Shire?

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    2 months ago

    Byron Shire is in one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia, so we have a lot to look after.

    • Our Shire is home to more species of marsupials and bats than anywhere else in Australia, and as many frog species as the Wet Tropics.
    • Our hinterland has one of the last remaining refuges of the ancient Gondwanan rainforests that have grown in Australia for 40 million years.
    • Our coastal wetlands are a food supply for migratory birds from all over the world.
    • Even small remnants of bushland provide habitat for threatened species including orchids, koalas and Mitchell’s rainforest snail.

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    Byron Shire is in one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia, so we have a lot to look after.

    • Our Shire is home to more species of marsupials and bats than anywhere else in Australia, and as many frog species as the Wet Tropics.
    • Our hinterland has one of the last remaining refuges of the ancient Gondwanan rainforests that have grown in Australia for 40 million years.
    • Our coastal wetlands are a food supply for migratory birds from all over the world.
    • Even small remnants of bushland provide habitat for threatened species including orchids, koalas and Mitchell’s rainforest snail.

    Many of the things we do every day impact on biodiversity, locally and globally, and we all need to work together to protect our natural environment.

    Even if you don’t have a back yard, there are many things you can do to help protect and enhance biodiversity.