Bushland plan of management

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There are 122 bushland reserves in the Ku-ring-gai Local Government Area (LGA) which are managed under the Bushland Reserves Plan of Management. This plan was prepared by Council to meet the requirements of the Local Government Act 1993, Crown Lands Act 1989 and other relevant legislative requirements. It covers all bushland (natural areas) owned by or under the care, control and management of Ku-ring-gai Council.

View the Bushland Reserve Plan of Management 2013.pdf (pdf. 2MB)

Management of Council’s bushland reserves includes the creation and maintenance of tracks, trails and other built assets (such as signs) and bushfire hazard reduction works (asset protection zones and hazard reduction burning). Bush regeneration within Council’s bushland reserves includes Bushcare (community volunteer program) and Council bush regeneration works within priority bushland management sites, as well as vegetation management related to the ecological burning program.

Council is currently in the process of reviewing/creating individual site management plans for both its priority bushland management sites and Bushcare sites (see step 2 below).  

Bushland management program

Our bushland prioritisation matrix The matrix rates each bushland reserve based on the significance of the vegetation community/species within the reserve, the resilience of the reserve and the site impacts (or threats) occurring within the reserve. The 35 reserves that received the highest ranking (highest value / lowest threats) have been prioritised for management within the available budget.

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Step 1 Prioritise

Council has developed a Bushland Prioritisation Matrix that provides an understanding of the values of each of Ku-ring-gai’s 122 bushland reserves and the extent of site impacts and pressures that need to be addressed in order to maintain those values and prioritises those bushland reserves that will receive management funding.

Ku-ring-gai’s 122 bushland reserves have been rated based on a number of criteria:

  1. the significance of the vegetation community/species within the reserve,
  2. the resilience of the reserve, and
  3. the site impacts (or threats) occurring within the reserve.

Two of these reserves, Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens and Cowan Creek Reserve, have been divided into two sites which were each assessed separately. These splits reflect a distinction in site characteristics and management requirements. Those reserves that received the highest ranking (highest value/lowest threats) have been prioritised for funding within the available budget. The matrix is updated biannually.

Step 2 Create / implement

Council is currently developing and implementing site management plans for its priority bushland management sites. These plans provide detailed information on the site’s values, management zones, management actions and monitoring program

Step 3 Evaluate

Specific Objective Monitoring (SOM) provides a standardised but flexible monitoring framework for a bushland reserve depending on the management issue/s that have been identified and the subsequent management actions that are undertaken. The SoM allows Council to collate data on specific objectives related to weed control, improvements to native vegetation structure and/or diversity, protection or recovery of threatened species or other objective related to the protection or enhancement of Ku-ring-gai’s biodiversity and measures the success of our bushland management program.

Assessment of Ku-ring-gai's bushland reserves

Bushland reserves prioritised for management funding (2019-2021)

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Bushland Prioritisation Matrix July 2019 - July 2021 (pdf. 1MB)
Assessment of Ku-ring-gai's bushland reserves for 2017-19 (xlsx. 30KB)
Assessment Methodology 2017-19 (pdf. 59KB)

Bushland reserves prioritised for management funding (2017-2019)

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Bushland Prioritisation Matrix July 2017 - July 2019  (pdf. 1MB)

Assessment of Ku-ring-gai's bushland reserves for 2017-19 (pdf. 256KB)

Assessment Methodology 2017-19 (pdf. 35KB)

Assessment of Ku-ring-gai's bushland reserves (2015-2017)

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Bushland Prioritisation Matrix July 2015 - June 2017 (pdf. 3MB)

Assessment of Ku-ring-gai's bushland reserves for 2015-17 (pdf. 142KB)

Assessment Methodology 2015-17 (pdf. 216KB)