Biodiversity Strategy

Consultation on the initial stages of this project has concluded. Make sure you are registered so that we can let you know about any future opportunities to have your say.

Please visit haveyoursay.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/biodiversity-strategy to review the latest Strategy documents (2017-2030 )

The Biodiversity Strategy is starting to take shape and we would love to hear your thoughts.

The community and expert panels are now meeting regularly and you can find out more about these panels in the Updates tab below.

We would love to hear from you what your thoughts and ideas are regarding:


  • What you think are the species ‘special’ to Port Macquarie-Hastings
  • Where you think are ‘special areas’ for biodiversity in the LGA;
  • What the biggest challenges are that biodiversity faces in this region;
  • Local threats to biodiversity (e.g, areas where biodiversity is being impacted).


You can do this in the discussion forum below or email Council’s Ecologist directly at
Rebecca.montague-drake@pmhc.nsw.gov.au.

We look forward to hearing from you and will provide another update soon!


Please visit haveyoursay.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/biodiversity-strategy to review the latest Strategy documents (2017-2030 )

The Biodiversity Strategy is starting to take shape and we would love to hear your thoughts.

The community and expert panels are now meeting regularly and you can find out more about these panels in the Updates tab below.

We would love to hear from you what your thoughts and ideas are regarding:


  • What you think are the species ‘special’ to Port Macquarie-Hastings
  • Where you think are ‘special areas’ for biodiversity in the LGA;
  • What the biggest challenges are that biodiversity faces in this region;
  • Local threats to biodiversity (e.g, areas where biodiversity is being impacted).


You can do this in the discussion forum below or email Council’s Ecologist directly at
Rebecca.montague-drake@pmhc.nsw.gov.au.

We look forward to hearing from you and will provide another update soon!


Consultation on the initial stages of this project has concluded. Make sure you are registered so that we can let you know about any future opportunities to have your say.
  • Biodiversity Strategy Well Under Way

    over 3 years ago
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    The Noisy Pitta. Photo by Moonlight0551

    What is Biodiversity?

    In simple terms, biodiversity can be described as "the variety of plants and animals (species) and the places they live (ecosystems)".

    Port Macquarie-Hastings Council are preparing a Biodiversity Strategy which seeks to inform Council about the most important areas for biodiversity conservation and landscape connectivity in the Local Government Area (LGA). This information will greatly aid strategic planning within our LGA and also help identify potential "biodiversity offset" and opportunities for funding for private landholders to improve the biodiversity value of their land.

    Two reference groups have been established for...

    The Noisy Pitta. Photo by Moonlight0551

    What is Biodiversity?

    In simple terms, biodiversity can be described as "the variety of plants and animals (species) and the places they live (ecosystems)".

    Port Macquarie-Hastings Council are preparing a Biodiversity Strategy which seeks to inform Council about the most important areas for biodiversity conservation and landscape connectivity in the Local Government Area (LGA). This information will greatly aid strategic planning within our LGA and also help identify potential "biodiversity offset" and opportunities for funding for private landholders to improve the biodiversity value of their land.

    Two reference groups have been established for the Biodiversity Strategy. The first is a Community Reference Group which is made up of a wide cross-section of community stakeholders and Councillors Lisa Intemann and Trevor Sargeant. The second is a Scientific Reference Group which is made up of regional scientists with an in-depth knowledge of biodiversity.

    The Biodiversity Strategy is using some very advanced computer modelling and mapping techniques to identify key biological assets. The programs being used are underpinned by quality science and have been previously used by other Councils.

    One such program is "Zonation" which identifies the most important areas for biodiversity conservation. The program uses the "CAR" conservation principle, being that a network of reserves should be "Comprehensive" (include the full range of ecosystems), "Adequate" (areas are sufficient to support populations and processes) and "Representative" (that the full vatriation in local ecosystems are captured).

    The Zonation modelling has now been completed in our area and reviewed by the Community and Expert Panels. They both feel that the model has produced highly accurate results based on local knowledge. The results of the model were compared against an ecologist's review of an area based on comprehensive field work, and the two produced remarkably similar results.

    The second program being used by the Biodiversity Strategy is "GapClosR". This program examines landscape connectivity (the ability/inability for animals and plants to move - for example seed dispersal). Initial trials of the software have been done (a necessary step before running the full model) with these trial informed by in-depth discussions with the Expert Panel. We are now ready to run the full models which the Expert Panel will review following its development.

    A draft copy of the Biodiversity Strategy should be on exhibition in July-August 2016.

    If you have any questions or comments about the Biodiversity Strategy, please do not hesitate to contact Council's Ecologist Rebecca Montague-Drake on 6581 8639 or by email rebecca.montague-drake@pmhc.nsw.gov.au


  • What have I missed?

    about 4 years ago

    Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) has recently commenced preparation of a Biodiversity Strategy for the Local Government Area (LGA). The Biodiversity Strategy will seek to provide the following outcomes:

    • Inform development assessment and assist with ‘biodiversity offsetting’ for urban development.
    • Help landholders wishing to maintain or improve natural assets on their land.
    • Provide Council with information to assist with future landuse strategies and major infrastructure works.

    Recently expressions of interest were sought to create a Community Panel involving key stakeholders to ensure:

    • The community understand what the Biodiversity Strategy is and its objectives;
    • That the community have the opportunity to comment on the project methods and outcomes and the relevance of this to strategic planning across the LGA.

    A panel of experts has also been developed to ensure that the Strategy is well informed and based on the best knowledge available.

    Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) has recently commenced preparation of a Biodiversity Strategy for the Local Government Area (LGA). The Biodiversity Strategy will seek to provide the following outcomes:

    • Inform development assessment and assist with ‘biodiversity offsetting’ for urban development.
    • Help landholders wishing to maintain or improve natural assets on their land.
    • Provide Council with information to assist with future landuse strategies and major infrastructure works.

    Recently expressions of interest were sought to create a Community Panel involving key stakeholders to ensure:

    • The community understand what the Biodiversity Strategy is and its objectives;
    • That the community have the opportunity to comment on the project methods and outcomes and the relevance of this to strategic planning across the LGA.

    A panel of experts has also been developed to ensure that the Strategy is well informed and based on the best knowledge available.

  • Community and Expert Panels

    about 4 years ago

    After calling for members to join the Expert Panel and Community Panels, these panels have now been selected and are meeting regularly.

    The Expert Panel includes ecologists (specialising in flora and fauna), and one geologist. These people operate private consulting businesses, work for State Government agencies (such as State Forests and the Office of Environment and Heritage) and are representatives of key local organisations, such as the Hastings Birdwatchers and Koala Hospital.

    The Community Panel has been selected to include a range of diverse interests, from the development industry, local planners and local people with an interest in the environment....

    After calling for members to join the Expert Panel and Community Panels, these panels have now been selected and are meeting regularly.

    The Expert Panel includes ecologists (specialising in flora and fauna), and one geologist. These people operate private consulting businesses, work for State Government agencies (such as State Forests and the Office of Environment and Heritage) and are representatives of key local organisations, such as the Hastings Birdwatchers and Koala Hospital.

    The Community Panel has been selected to include a range of diverse interests, from the development industry, local planners and local people with an interest in the environment. The Panel also includes Councillor Trevor Sargeant and Councillor Lisa Intemann.

    Staff from Council coordinate these meetings and each Panel has now met three times. The meetings have spanned such topics as:

    • An Introduction to the Aims/Objectives of the Biodiversity Strategy;
    • Consideration of the “Biological Assets” precious to the Port Macquarie-Hastings LGA;
    • Consideration of the threats to biodiversity in the Port Macquarie LGA;
    • Discussion of the methodology being used.

    Much stimulating discussion has been had, and we greatly thank the people comprising the Community and Expert Panels for their diverse insights and contribution of local knowledge.

  • First panel meetings

    over 4 years ago

    Update - 10 August

    Last week saw the first meeting for both the Community Panel and the Expert Panel.

    The purpose of these first meetings was to have an opportunity to officially form the group and for introductions to occur.

    Now that the groups have formed, the hard work begins.

    To find out more about the Biodiversity Strategy - View Powerpoint

    Stay tuned for updates.


    Update - 10 August

    Last week saw the first meeting for both the Community Panel and the Expert Panel.

    The purpose of these first meetings was to have an opportunity to officially form the group and for introductions to occur.

    Now that the groups have formed, the hard work begins.

    To find out more about the Biodiversity Strategy - View Powerpoint

    Stay tuned for updates.


  • Call for panel members

    about 4 years ago
    CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded

    Want to be involved?

    Council is seeking representatives from various sectors of the community to form a Biodiversity Strategy community Panel.

    As a valued stakeholder your role will be:

    • to act as a communication link between Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the community, and
    • provide comment and local knowledge to Council during the development of a Biodiversity Strategy.
    You will also learn how to receive funding to assist with biodiversity activities under the new Biodiversity Conservation Act.

    Expression of interests close on Friday 24th July 2015. ...

    Want to be involved?

    Council is seeking representatives from various sectors of the community to form a Biodiversity Strategy community Panel.

    As a valued stakeholder your role will be:

    • to act as a communication link between Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the community, and
    • provide comment and local knowledge to Council during the development of a Biodiversity Strategy.
    You will also learn how to receive funding to assist with biodiversity activities under the new Biodiversity Conservation Act.

    Expression of interests close on Friday 24th July 2015. The first workshop will begin on 5th or 6th August 2015



  • Call for Community Panel members for Biodiversity Strategy

    about 4 years ago
    CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded

    Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) is about to commence the preparation of a Biodiversity Strategy for the Local Government Area (LGA). The Biodiversity Strategy will seek to provide the following outcomes:

    • Inform development assessment and assist with ‘biodiversity offsetting’ for urban development.
    • Help landholders wishing to maintain or improve natural assets on their land.
    • Provide Council with information to assist with future landuse strategies and major infrastructure works.

    An important part of this process will be the establishment of a Community Panel involving key stakeholders to ensure:

    • The community understand what the Biodiversity Strategy is and...

    Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) is about to commence the preparation of a Biodiversity Strategy for the Local Government Area (LGA). The Biodiversity Strategy will seek to provide the following outcomes:

    • Inform development assessment and assist with ‘biodiversity offsetting’ for urban development.
    • Help landholders wishing to maintain or improve natural assets on their land.
    • Provide Council with information to assist with future landuse strategies and major infrastructure works.

    An important part of this process will be the establishment of a Community Panel involving key stakeholders to ensure:

    • The community understand what the Biodiversity Strategy is and its objectives;
    • That the community have the opportunity to comment on the project methods and outcomes and the relevance of this to strategic planning across the LGA.

    Members of the Community Panel will be expected to abide by the Terms of Reference for this group (see attached).

    Please reply before the 24th July.

    Approximately 12 representatives from various sectors of the community will be selected to form the panel. It is intended that the Community Panel will represent a diverse but balanced range of interests. If stakeholders are not interested in attending the workshops, or are not selected to participate in the Community Panel, they can still follow the discussion and comment via an online discussion forum.

    Members of the Community Panel will be asked to attend a series of approximately 5 themed workshops.Workshops will be held approximately monthly, with the first workshop anticipated to be held on the 5th or 6th August. Workshops will include:

    1. An Introduction to the Biodiversity Strategy;
    2. Biodiversity Assets and Threats in the LGA;
    3. Biodiversity hotspots in the LGA;
    4. Biodiversity corridors in the LGA;
    5. Relevance ofthe Biodiversity Strategy to Strategic Planning.