Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy
  • Last updated:
  • 26 Apr 2017

Council adopted the Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2020 in April 2010 and refreshed the document in August 2014 to reflect the new Sunshine Coast local government area.

To ensure council’s policy intent remains contemporary and progressive, the Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2020 has been reviewed with the core principles used to inform the preparation of council’s bold, new-generation Draft Environment and Liveability Strategy. This Draft Strategy provides long-term strategic direction to guide growth and shape the Sunshine Coast for future generations to 2041.

To view a full copy of the Draft Strategy and have your say, please visit council's Have Your Say Sunshine Coast website. Submissions close 5 pm Sunday 4 June 2017.

Purpose

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.

Overview

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:

Contacts

For more information please contact council's customer service.