The natural environment is important to residents and a drawcard for visitors.

Changes to our Community Outcomes and Strategic Priorities

The Council approved a new 2020 strategic framework on 19 December 2019 and this is currently part of the consultation document on the annual plan.

Information on our revised Community Outcomes and Strategic Priorities is currently being developed.

Urban growth, agricultural activities, and exotic/pest species have reduced indigenous biodiversity. It is important that the Council is proactive in working with the community to protect our unique landscapes and biodiversity.

What this means for our district

  • Indigenous biodiversity and ecosystems are protected
  • Significant landscapes and natural features are enhanced
  • The range of indigenous habitats and species we have are improved
  • People feel a connection with, and responsibility towards the natural environment

How we are contributing

We are working on initiatives to support landowners protect and enhance biodiversity on private land. We also have an environmental programme which helps to protect Council-owned land and promotes revegetation efforts.

How you can help

Try planting indigenous plants in your garden which support native birds and biodiversity. Consider the impact of planting introduced species at home, as some can quickly spread to other areas. Volunteer for a conservation group or join a Council or community planting day(external link).