The Port Macquarie- Hastings Local Government Area (LGA) is a wonderfully biodiverse region and its natural resources are highly valued by the community. Our biological and natural assets contribute to the cultural, lifestyle, aesthetic and recreational identity of our area. The importance of Natural Resource Management to the local economy (e.g. property prices, tourism, agriculture, silviculture) is highly significant and greatly valued.
Achieving the Balance
Council works hard to create a balance between preserving our biodiversity and all the benefits it provides at the same time as providing economic opportunities. To achieve this, the Natural Resource Management team (NRM), alongside other Council departments, works to plan for strategic growth and development while conserving and protecting biodiversity values. Staff achieve this through the following mechanisms:
- Identifying and regenerating biological priority areas such as key habitat linkages and connections through bush regeneration works, weed and biosecurity management and bushfire management.
- Identifying threats to biodiversity and defining actions to protect priority areas and reduce threats through wildlife management of both native and non-native species.
- Providing strategic direction and information about appropriate land-use practices which are informed by research and programming in the fields of coastal, river and estuary management, floodplain management, and bushfire management.
Council staff focus on numerous projects, here are some highlights of the NRM team.
We operate a Bushland Management Team that supports landholders, volunteers as well as Council’s internal stakeholders attending to our network of Managed Public Bushland Reserves. The team is comprised of committed professional bush regenerators with high level skills in plant identification, integrated weed management and operational coordination.
WEEDS AND BIOSECURITY
Weeds have major economic, environmental and social impacts in our local area, causing damage to natural landscapes, agricultural lands, waterways and coastal areas. Council’s role is to raise awareness of the problem of invasive weeds in our community, encourage the establishment and maintenance of effective weed control programs, prevent the establishment of new weed species in our region and reduce the impact of widespread invasive weed species.
Wildlife management is both about managing to improve habitat for our native species and managing our bushland to reduce feral animal populations.
Native animals that are iconic to our area include koalas, flying foxes, regent honeyeaters, yellow tailed black cockatoos and sugar gliders. A number of strategies and management plans aim to help protect our biodiversity:
BUSHFIRE RISK MANAGEMENT
Council is required to consider their responsibilities under the Rural Fires Act to mitigate the risk of bushfires starting or spreading from their land. The strategies to do this include management of fuel loads, maintenance of buffer zones and fire trails where necessary. All works need to address the preservation of our natural environment and contribute to the ecological health of our bushland reserves.
COASTAL, RIVER AND ESTUARY MANAGEMENT
Our waterways are highly utilised by the public for swimming and passive recreational activities. Council plays an important role in managing our coastlines and rivers and balances the requirements of ecological pressures with social amenity.
Council carries out studies to understand flood risk, keep the community informed about flooding, support emergency management planning, and examine options to manage this risk. Council also provides specialist flood advice and controls for development of flood-prone land, and investigates, designs, constructs, operates and maintains flood mitigation works.
This page was last updated on: 13 August 2019