The City of Gold Coast has laid out it’s plan to make sure over half of the Gold Coast region (51%) is covered in vegetation by 2020
The draft ‘Our Natural City’ Strategy (2017-2021) aims to respond to desire of locals “to live in a city where people can readily and easily access and enjoy nature.”
City of Gold Coast Councillor Cameron Caldwell, said the aim of the strategy was to make the Gold Coast one of the most biodiverse cities in Australia by making sure as much of the region’s biodiversity was conserved as the city expanded.
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He said the draft Our Natural City Strategy was about encouraging the community to visit the city’s hidden natural gems, “while safeguarding our beaches, wetlands, waterways, rainforests, bushland, coastal and marine environments and the wildlife these habitats support.”
Cr Caldwell also encouraged Gold Coast residents to have their say on the draft strategy before Tuesday 16 May 2017 for the chance to win a Currumbin Sanctuary koala experience valued at $300.
The thirteen key actions in the draft Our Natural City strategy are:
- Nature based recreational infrastructure for people to enjoy our natural city.
- A broad community participation program to build upon existing opportunities.
- Explore and support opportunities to link natural assets and our cultural identity.
- Community catchment health initiatives.
- Monitoring health and condition of natural assets.
- Prioritise and implement actions to improve natural asset health, quality and condition.
- Continue to implement the City Plan’s environmental policies.
- Continue to implement waterway policy.
- Establish and grow partnerships with private landowners, volunteer groups and government programs to increase the area of land protected, restored and connected.
- Implement fiscally responsible tools to enable practical, community-focussed partnerships.
- Build partnerships to protect key vulnerable species.
- Build partnerships to coordinate bushfire, pest plant and animal management in the city’s hinterland.
- Investment attraction into our natural assets.