Council has recently adopted the creation of Biodiversity Stewardship Sites (previously known as BioBanking sites) within Council owned or managed land, to help implement the New South Wales Biodiversity Offset Scheme (NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016). This scheme was developed to balance the unavoidable impacts which occur to our vegetation and local habitat as a result of development, buildings, roads and other infrastructure.
For further details on the reasons and implications of Biobanking / Biodiversity Stewardship Sites on Council lands you can download the proposal here: Adopted position for the creation of BioBanking sites within Council-owned or managed land in Ku-ring-gai (pdf. 2MB).
The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 replaced the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 on 25 August 2017. You can find more information on the NSW Biodiversity Offset Scheme and Biodiversity Stewardship Sites under this Act here. For more information on Biobanking (under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995), click here.
Sheldon Forest, Rofe Park and Comenarra Creek Reserve (BioBanking site ID 32) are existing Biobanking / Biodiversity Stewardship Sites on Council owned and managed lands, created in early 2014 through the NSW Government's Linking Landscapes Grant Program. For more information on these sites visit Linking Landscapes.
More information can also be found on the Office of Environment & Heritage website.
BioBanking sites which were set up under the Threatened Species Conservation Act will automatically be migrated to the new Biodiversity Stewardship Site and administered under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.
To discuss this further with a member of Council please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9424 0000.