The Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area (LGA) is a wonderfully biodiverse area and its biological assets are highly valued by the community. They contribute to the cultural, lifestyle, aesthetic and recreational identity of our LGA. The importance of biodiversity to the local economy (e.g. property prices, tourism, agriculture, silviculture) is also highly valued and recognised.
Our diverse landscape supports a vast array of plants and animals, including both tropical and temperate plants and animals.
- We have the largest remaining population of Koalas on the NSW coast, and this species is a cultural icon for the area.
- Some species, such as the North Brother Wattle and the Big Nelly Hakea, are found virtually nowhere else in the world.
- Our estuaries and foreshores are of immense importance for migratory shorebirds.
- National parks in the LGA support nationally and internationally important biodiversity values including coastal wilderness, littoral rainforest and Gondwanan World Heritage Rainforest.
A key challenge we face is trying to preserve our biodiversity and all the benefits it provides at the same time as providing economic opportunities.
A Biodiversity Strategy has been developed to guide and enable strategic growth and development while conserving biodiversity values by:
- Identifying biological priority areas in LGA.
- Identifying islands/patches of contiguous vegetation and where the key habitat linkages and connections are between this vegetation.
- Identifying threats to biodiversity.
- Defining Actions to protect priority areas and reduce threats.
- Providing strategic direction and information to guide investment on private and public lands in a voluntary manner.
The Biodiversity Strategy is a document designed to provide information and aid strategic planning. It does not change any landholder's rights or responsibilities as defined under other legislation. Participation by private landholders in any initiative outlined in the Biodiversity Strategy will be purely on a voluntary basis.
This page was last updated on: 24 September 2018