Environment

The Environment & Biodiversity

Council’s strategic goals for the environment include;

  • To improve and enhance local biodiversity through programs and partnerships with Local Land Services, the community, Land care and others,
  • Provide suitable information on best environmental practice, design principles and appropriate regulatory framework,
  • Develop and maintain productive partnerships for environmental management,
  • Identify opportunities and develop strategies for inclusion, protection and enhancement of areas within the Shire in line with State of the Environment reporting,
  • Support local environmental groups and environmental initiatives within the community

Council reports on and updates trends in environmental indicators, and identifies major environmental impacts in the State of the Environment Report.

Council has developed Strategic Planning documents to support the protection of biodiversity and natural resources in the Shire. Biodiversity and natural resources are taken into consideration when Council undertakes and assesses development in the Shire, with considerations integrated into the planning and development control processes of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, natural resource management legislation - such as the Native Vegetation Act 2003, and the Young Local Environmental Plan 2010 (Young LEP 2010).

The Young LEP 2010

The LEP, gazetted in August 2010, supports the protection of sensitive areas through the establishment of the E1 (National Parks and Nature Reserves) and E2 (Environmental Management) zones, and the development of natural resource mapping to assist in the identification of the following;

  • areas of high biodiversity,
  • areas of high land sensitivity, and
  • riparian corridors and groundwater sensitivity.

Environmental Initiatives Committee

Council Council’s Environmental Initiatives Committee (EIC) is a section 355 committee of Council which meets bi-monthly and helps to shape public policy in environmental matters. Members of the committee have expertise, knowledge and a genuine interest in the areas of waste management, land management; and environmental matters including air, water, ecology, sustainability and ‘green’ technologies. 

What can the community do?

There are many things individuals can do to help promote biodiversity. These include:

  • Planting local native plant species in your garden.
  • Plant species that provide food for native fauna or insects and butterflies.
  • Installing nesting boxes for native animals or invite birds through a bird bath.
  • Volunteer your time with a local Landcare group
  • Report incidents of dumped rubbish to Council on 02 6380 1200.

Resources

List of Endemic Trees and Shrubs

Young Shire Remnant Vegetation Survey and Management Guidelines