Conservation conversations, say that three times fast!

Published: 8 June 2018

Cardinia Shire Council is seeking community input at two community workshops this June to address biodiversity conservation and pest plant management.

The community's ideas and feedback at these workshops will help Council to develop the Cardinia Shire Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and review the current Pest Plant Management Strategy.

Officer workshop Emerald workshop

6.15pm – 9.30pm, Thursday 21 June

Cardinia Shire Civic Centre, 20 Siding Avenue

Register your place before 18 June: https://goo.gl/mMqsXk

9.30am – 12.30pm, Wednesday 27 June

Emerald RSL, 3 Memorial Avenue

Register your place before 22 June: https://goo.gl/WK8YHS

The free workshops will involve discussions about the biodiversity issues facing the Cardinia Shire community, the local initiatives and environmental programs currently underway, and learning what other communities are doing to address the threats to their local flora and fauna.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Collin Ross said the Council is committed to working with the community to protect the shire’s environment and ensuring its natural biodiversity is healthy, valued and actively cared for.

“This consultation is a chance for our community to collaborate with us on key issues facing our natural environment. Together we can develop a strategy that will enhance our efforts to preserve the diversity of flora and fauna in our shire,” Cr Ross said.

The Biodiversity Conservation Strategy will guide long-term strategic direction and efforts to preserve the natural habitats and wide variety of plant and animal life within the Cardinia Shire.

It will also provide a framework for both private and public land managers, and identify key opportunities for Council to work in partnership with the community to protect our natural environment from a variety of issues.

The current Cardinia Shire Pest Plant Management Strategy aims to reduce weed infestations across Cardinia Shire, which threaten agriculture, human health and the environment including bushland areas, roadsides and waterways.

The Pest Plant Management Strategy review will evaluate and update the action plan, which provides direction for delivering community education and engagement, planning controls and enforcement, and on-ground works and monitoring.

The community feedback gathered will be help inform the development of the draft documents, which will be presented to Council and made available for community review later this year.

Community members can also have their say by completing the consultation survey before 5pm, Friday 29 June 2018. All respondents will go into the draw to win one of two $100 Bunnings vouchers.

Find out more about this consultation and have your say at www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay