In delivering the Western Parkland City, strategies must be developed for the identification, protection and management of bushland and biodiversity enhancement.
A strategic approach to protecting the biodiversity in the Western City District involves investing in connected bushland corridors and protecting larger pockets of remnant vegetation, as large and connected areas of bushland give the District’s wildlife the greatest chance of survival. Councils are also working together to map opportunities to restore and reconnect areas of habitat in established urban areas. This strategic approach complements the delivery of the Greater Sydney Green Grid. Selected species of trees and under-storey plants for parks and street planning in targeted areas support the movement of wildlife and help strengthen connections between areas of habitat.
Strengthening the protection of bushland in urban areas will help to conserve the District’s biodiversity, preserve its scenic landscape, and enhance its tourist and recreational values.
Remnant vegetation should be recognised as an asset that can be incorporated into the planning and design of neighbourhoods, for example in parks, school grounds and as street trees.
Bushland in the District’s rural areas will be protected and managed through place-based planning and incentivised as potential biodiversity offsets.
The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 provides a framework and tools to avoid, minimise and offset impacts on biodiversity through the planning and development assessment process. There are a range of tools available to protect biodiversity stewardship agreement, conservation agreements and wildlife refuge agreements.