Clarence Valley Biodiversity Management Strategy

The Biodiversity Management Strategy aims to make clear what Council is responsible for and what it plans to do to preserve the biodiversity of the Clarence Valley under the broader sustainability umbrella. It covers the full Clarence Valley Local Government Area of approximately 10,500 square kilometres.

Background and Vision

The Clarence Valley Biodiversity Management Strategy concentrates on a response to the pressures and threats that are impacting the biodiversity of the Clarence Valley LGA. The Strategy also builds on a number of other documents, including the Maclean Shire Council Biodiversity Strategy (MSC 2001), Grafton Open Space Plan, Living Landscapes Plan, and the Clarence Valley Council ‘Riparian Action Strategy’ (CVC 2010).

Clarence Valley Council’s ‘Valley Vision 2020’ strategic plan recommended the development of a biodiversity strategy in recognition of the continued decline in biodiversity of the region, and the need to act proactively to try and stop this decline. This Biodiversity Management Strategy was developed in response to the Valley Vision recommendation, and is an important strategic document which considers biodiversity at a broad landscape scale.

The Biodiversity Management Strategy aims to make clear what Council is responsible for and what it plans to do to preserve the biodiversity of the Clarence Valley under the broader sustainability umbrella. It covers the full Clarence Valley Local Government Area of approximately 10,500 square kilometres.

The Strategy has been prepared by Council with input and assistance from the Biodiversity Working Group and staff of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water. The Strategy support many of the actions in the Northern Rivers Regional Biodiversity Management Plan — an approved recovery plan for threatened species, populations and ecological communities.

The implementation of this Strategy requires a change in the way we do things and the way we value ecosystem health within the Valley. While Council and the wider community are active in some areas, this Strategy proposes a number of new actions that will be required to prevent the decline in biodiversity. A net gain in native vegetation, and education on the pivotal role biodiversity plays, are critical actions that Council and the community will need to embrace if we are to protect our rich biodiversity for future generations. A comprehensive list of actions to stop the decline in biodiversity is contained in Part 3 of the Strategy. 

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