Urban Green Corridors Plan restores city habitat

Monday, 23 October 2017

Lismore City Council has launched its Urban Green Corridors Plan to help restore urban bushland reserves and link important habitat pockets throughout the city to support wildlife.

The Urban Green Corridors Plan is a key project in the Biodiversity Management Strategy, which aims to increase the area of bushland reserves being actively managed by Council by 20% in the next three years, bringing the total area to more 80 hectares within the city limits.

Council will work with Landcare groups, community groups, schools and other agencies to revegetate five hectares of land within the Urban Green Corridors area by 2021 including areas along the river, rainforest and koala habitat throughout the Lismore urban area.

“Lismore is located in a biodiversity hotspot, home to a range of wildlife including iconic species such as the koala and platypus,” Council’s Environmental Strategies Coordinator Angus Underwood said.

“The Urban Green Corridors Plan provides a strategic and coordinated approach to the conservation and restoration of urban biodiversity values. Key wildlife corridors are identified which connect fringe bushland on the edges of the city to bushland areas within the city limits.

“These corridors are the focus of Council’s urban biodiversity program. The idea is that we create healthy habitat through the city enhancing corridors where wildlife can co-exist with us, and we can improve soil and water quality.”

As part of the development of the Urban Green Corridors Plan, a bushland condition assessment was undertaken across 220 hectares of Council-managed bushland. A ‘Bushland Condition Class’ was determined for each reserve and the study found that 39% of Council-managed bushland reserves are degraded and dominated by weeds.

“Lismore city should be proud of the 61% of bushland that is in good condition and we should build on that,” Angus said.

“Lismore has some amazing biodiversity values already with over 40 different threatened plant and animal species being recorded in habitats such as the rainforest remnant at Rotary Park, right in the heart of the city. We are also very lucky to have a resident koala population in the city relying on over 400 hectares of koala habitat.”

The Urban Green Corridors Plan can be viewed on our Environment & Sustainability page.

Local residents are encouraged to help protect and enhance urban green corridors in the following ways:

  • Put garden waste in your green bin to stop the spread of weeds.
  • Plant bush-friendly native plants in your garden – check out Council’s free publication My Local Native Garden Guide.
  • Keep your pets inside at night to protect native wildlife.
  • Walk your dog on a lead and pick up after your pet when in bushland and parks.
  • Join a Landcare group or participant in tree planting events.

 

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