- Last updated:
- 22 May 2016
Council adopted the Biodiversity Strategy at its Ordinary Meeting on 8 April 2010.
This Strategy was refreshed in August 2014 replacing the 2010 version. The intent of the refresh was to deliver cosmetic changes and reflect the new Sunshine Coast local government area whilst maintaining the approved policy content.
The Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2020 aims to ensure the region’s biodiversity is protected, enhanced, healthy, resilient to climate change and valued by the entire community by 2020.
The Sunshine Coast local government area is one of Australia’s most bio-diverse regions. It encompasses an area of 2,291 square kilometres containing a diverse range of geological and geographic features extending from Emu Mountain in the north to the iconic National Heritage listed Glass House Mountains and Pumicestone Passage in the south, and west to the Conondale Ranges.
The Council area has 76 different regional ecosystem types which support a range of plant and animal species, some of which are endemic and/or listed as rare, threatened or endangered.
Our biodiversity values are under pressure from a range of management challenges that have potentially serious environmental, economic and social consequences for a community highly reliant on this asset and the ecosystem services they provide. Three significant challenges are habitat loss through development and other land management practices, the impact of pest plants and animals and climate change.
In response to these challenges and to assist in achieving the corporate vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green diverse, Council is implementing the Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2020.
The Strategy outlines Council’s adopted policy position for biodiversity management and assists to:
- Inform Council's biodiversity planning and operational activities
- Guide Council decision-making and community initiatives in relation to biodiversity
- Drive a range of strategies and actions that will assist to deliver the Strategy’s vision
- Engage the community and key stakeholders to build and strengthen partnerships.
View the Biodiversity Strategy:
- Executive Summary and Background
- Values and Threats
- Strategic Directions and Implementation
- Maps, Glossary and References
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