Through strategic conservation planning, the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan (the Plan) will be developed to protect the region’s threatened native plants and animals in the long term.
Strategic conservation planning is a process that avoids and minimises impacts on threatened plants and animals at a landscape scale early in the planning process, ensuring environmentally significant land is safeguarded ahead of development and rezoning. Residual impacts are offset through an approved conservation program.
The Plan will seek to offset impacts on threatened plants and animals through a conservation program that includes new reserves and ecological restoration. The Plan aims to deliver connected conservation areas for native plants and animals and green spaces for local communities. More green spaces close to homes means more shade, cooler suburbs, and a better urban environment for communities to enjoy.
The Plan balances future community needs and protection of the environment by:
The Plan covers an area of around 200,000 hectares in Western Sydney and spans across eight local government areas: Wollondilly; Camden; Campbelltown; Liverpool; Fairfield; Penrith; Blacktown and Hawkesbury.
The Plan will support the delivery of the NSW Government’s Growth Areas program and the development of the transport corridors – these are:
The following resources are available to help you gain a better understanding of the Plan:
In June 2019, the Department produced a webinar on the Plan.
Steve Hartley, Executive Director, presented on a number of key components for the project, such as:
Page last updated: 08/07/2020