Western Sydney is growing at a rapid rate. In 2016, Western Sydney was home to 1.2 million residents and that number is projected to grow to over 1.8 million residents by 2036. The new international Western Sydney Airport is also scheduled to open in 2026.
The NSW Government’s vision for Western Sydney is to deliver the infrastructure, housing and jobs needed for future population growth and to create vibrant, liveable, connected cities with green spaces and protected biodiversity.
The Department of Planning and Environment is undertaking strategic conservation planning in Western Sydney to balance the priorities of people and biodiversity at a landscape scale.
This is one of the largest conservation planning exercises ever undertaken in Australia, and will provide an enduring conservation legacy for Western Sydney.
The conservation plan area covers around 200,000 hectares. The area is part of the Cumberland Plain and contains:
A thriving, liveable Western Sydney should include a place for the area’s many native plants and animals. The Cumberland Plain is home to around 160 threatened species, including the largest koala population in Sydney, the Cumberland Plain land snail and significant plants like the nodding geebung and spiked riceflower. Strategic conservation planning in Western Sydney will help protect the area’s important biodiversity for the long term.
The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan is the conservation plan being developed for Western Sydney. The Plan will identify how any impacts to biodiversity from projected growth in Western Sydney will be addressed. In doing so, it will help strike the balance between delivering positive environmental outcomes and supporting appropriate development over the next 37 years.
The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan will meet legislative requirements for strategic biodiversity certification under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and strategic assessment under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
The Executive Director, Biodiversity and Sustainability Branch
Department of Planning and Environment
GPO Box 39
Sydney NSW 2000
Public exhibition will close on 25 January 2019.
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Page last updated: 28/11/2018