About the project
As part of our commitment to transparent and participatory decision-making, Council is seeking comment from the community on its Proposal for the creation of BioBanking sites within Council owned or managed land in the Ku-ring-gai LGA.
The Biodiversity Banking and Offsets Scheme (BioBanking) is designed to help address the loss of biodiversity values, including threatened species, due to habitat degradation and loss from the clearing of native vegetation for urban development. It is a market-based scheme that provides a streamlined biodiversity assessment process for development and a rigorous and credible offsetting scheme, as well as an opportunity for landowners to generate income by managing land for conservation.
Through the NSW Government's Linking Landscapes program, a BioBanking site has been created at Rofe Park, Sheldon Forest and Comenarra Creek Reserve, providing annual, in perpetuity funding for the management of these three reserves for biodiversity conservation. Council also recently endorsed the creation of BioBanking sites on Council land currently managed as Natural Areas under the NSW Local Government Act 1993, to offset the impacts of the NorthConnex project.
Council intends to adopt BioBanking as an ongoing biodiversity management approach within Council owned or managed land classified as Community Land under the Local Government Act 1993, to strengthen the protection of biodiversity values and increase the funds available for management activities which improve biodiversity conservation. The application of BioBanking within Council owned or managed land contributes to Council’s Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plan objectives of no net loss of significant vegetation and habitat being achieved. Due to recent changes under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, the impacts of development within the Ku-ring-gai LGA will be offset elsewhere in NSW if Council or other land owners within the Ku ring-gai LGA do not make offset lands available.
The Proposal for the creation of BioBanking sites within Council owned or managed land in the Ku-ring-gai LGA (pdf. 3MB) is on public exhibition from Wednesday 28 June 2017 to Wednesday 26 July 2017 and can be viewed at Council Chambers or at any Ku-ring-gai Library branch.
Comments on the document must be provided as a written submission and must quote reference number S11596.
- Online: Use the "Submit your comment direct to Council" on the top right of this page – maximum of 300 words
- Email: email@example.com
- Post: General Manager, Ku-ring-gai Council, Locked Bag 1006 Gordon NSW 2072
Submissions close 5pm Wednesday 26 July 2017.
All submissions are public documents and will be considered in a final report to Council.
Enquiries: Penny Colyer 9424 0866 or firstname.lastname@example.org