The Hornsby Local Government Area (LGA) contains a diverse array of landscapes with significant conservation values and hosts a diversity of native flora, fauna and invertebrates. The biophysical qualities of the LGA also contribute to Hornsby’s character and identity as the Bushland Shire.
This presents a challenge for Council to carefully balance future population growth and associated development whilst having regard to the protection of biodiversity values in the lands and waters under its management.
Currently, several specific state government initiatives as well as supporting policies at the international, national and regional level suggest a range of measures toward the protection and management of biodiversity. These include the Greater Sydney Commission’s District Plan, the NSW Government Architect’s Office Greener Places and a specific focus on Green Infrastructure Networks.
The Draft Biodiversity Conservation Strategy fits under the Environmental Sustainability Strategy – Sustainable Hornsby 2040 and is part of the Sustainability theme of the Community Strategic Plan.