Council has endorsed the Urban Biodiversity Strategy that will guide the management and enhancement of bushland and reserves within the municipality.
At its November meeting, Council unanimously supported this strategy, which sets out biodiversity management directions for the next 10 years.
Urban Biodiversity Strategy (pdf, 7MB)
Biodiversity is the variety of all living things – different plants, fungi, animals and microorganisms.
Monash is home to a broad range of significant bushland reserves, wetlands and waterways. Council manages more than 260 hectares of bushland, which is contained mainly in the 42 reserves across Monash.
These areas are of high biodiversity value, offering natural places to enjoy and explore while providing essential ecosystems functions.
The strategy looks at a range of threats such as habitat loss or fragmentation, pest plants and animals, population increase, climate change and impacts to water quality which can affect biodiversity. The strategy identifies opportunities to enhance biodiversity and a range of initiatives to minimise these threats.
The development of the Urban Biodiversity Strategy provided the opportunity for Sustainable Monash and Horticulture teams to collaborate on community engagement and bushland protection activities, under the Green Shoots program. Green Shoots program supports both team’s priorities and forms the structure of our community campaign. Green Shoots brings together our work with schools, community and early learning under the Gardens for Wildlife program, Skink Link, and our work with Friends Groups.
Council considered feedback and adopted the Urban Biodiversity Strategy at its 27 November 2018 meeting:
Report to Council Meeting held on 27 November 2018 (Item 4.1) (pdf, 164KB)
Details: Have Your Say on the Draft Urban Biodiversity Strategy
For more information, call Trish McGee, Sustainability Coordinator, on 9518 3733 or email Trish.McGee@monash.vic.gov.au.