The health and resilience of nature is essential for the long term health of our environment and community. Threats such as habitat loss, weeds, pest animals, vegetation removal, climate change and the need for fire prevention, pose significant challenges for safeguarding our environment and biodiversity. However nature has an astonishing capacity to rebound, so by actively working to protect our environment, support biodiversity and reduce the threats, we have the ability to give nature the chance it needs to recover and thrive.
Our achievements so far
- Undertook bushfire mitigation works, weed and pest animal control across our bushland reserves.
- Planted over 10,000 plants and embarked upon extensive ecological restoration across our parks and reserves annually.
- Provided over 50 Local Environment Assistance Fund grants to residents for revegetation, weed and pest animal control, annually.
- Supported over 5,000 volunteer work hours annually across Landcare and environmental friends groups to protect biodiversity.
- Successfully advocated for state funding for pest deer control.
- Supported private properties in biologically significant areas with bushfire mitigation and the reduction of woody weeds.
Turning our environment protection goals into action.
What we are doing:
- Maintaining bushland, reserves, parks and open spaces with weed and pest animal control and ecological restoration and revegetation.
- Growing indigenous plants, trees and grasses in the council Nursery as part of the city’s revegetation program.
- Supporting private landowners with advice and grants — Local Environment Assistance Fund (LEAF) — to remove threats and revegetate.
- Supporting private landowners with woody weed removal — to assist with bushfire mitigation — through the Hotspots program.
- Continuing to deliver on the Green Wedge Action Plan and Bushland Management strategy to control and monitor pest deer, protect biodiversity of bushland reserves and map vegetation loss.
- Consulting with the Country Fire Association and other emergency management agencies to improve the balance between bushfire prevention and protection of our biodiversity.
- Providing guidance and advice through the — The Biodiversity Impact Assessment Committee (BIAC) — to protect trees, vegetation and biodiversity across capital works, urban planning and government agency projects including North East Link.
- Assisting with permit applications and managing statutory compliance with vegetation removal to reduce illegal activity and preserve Manningham’s Green Wedge.
- Raising awareness and educating our community on environmental sustainability and biodiversity protection through a range of activities, events and programs.