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The Illawarra Biodiversity and Local Food Strategy for Climate Change is a joint project of Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong Councils supported by a grant from the NSW Environmental Trust’s Urban Sustainability Project. The project is a multi-level response to the emerging and urgent sustainability challenges posed by climate change and population pressure to local food security and biodiversity conservation.

 

The project will provide a regional framework for local food security and biodiversity conservation. Community based activities and creative partnerships will support on-ground projects to actively engage the community in working towards a more equitable and sustainable local food systems, and improved management of our local biodiversity. It seeks to promote food production and consumption opportunities for local people that protect and promote health, are ecologically sustainable and socially equitable.

Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy | Project Highlights

 

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Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy

The Illawarra Councils (Wollongong City Council, Kiama Municipal Council, and Shellharbour City Council) received a three year grant from the NSW Environmental Trust to develop and commence implementation of an Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy, as part of the Illawarra Biodiversity and Food Security for Climate Change Project.

The Strategy was adopted by Wollongong City Council on 21 June 2011, Shellharbour City Council on 14 June 2011 and Kiama Municipal Council on 23 May 2011.

The Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy aims to:

  • develop a co-ordinated regional approach to biodiversity conservation in order to maximise knowledge sharing, and efficient use of resources between the Illawarra Councils
  • identify biodiversity priorities to guide the Illawarra Council’s in future decision making and land use planning
  • identify threats to biodiversity across the Illawarra
  • improve community awareness, and encourage support and community participation in biodiversity conservation
  • contribute to State and National natural resource management targets through implementation of a five year action plan.

The principal output of the Strategy is a regionally coordinated program of actions outlining how the Illawarra Councils can contribute to National and State natural resource management targets over the next five years. 

The Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy also provides clear guidance to the allocation of internal and external funding to the highest biodiversity value natural areas under Council care and control.

Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Document Cover

 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 1, Part 1
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 1, Part 2
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 1, Part 3
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 2
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 2, Appendices 1-2
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 2, Appendices 3-4
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 2, Appendices 5-8
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 2, Appendix 9
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 2, Appendix 10
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 2, Appendix 11 Part 1
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 2, Appendix 11 Part 2
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 2, Appendix 11 Part 3
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 2, Appendix 11 Part 4
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 2, Appendix 12
 Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy Vol 2, Appendix 13

 

 

Project Highlights

The Illawarra Biodiversity and Local Food Strategy for Climate Change project is into its third year. Many achievements have been made to date as part of this project.

Permaculture Design Certificate

Applications closed 14 June 2011

We found 12 people who are committed to sustainability to undertake a Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) in 2011.

Capacity building workshops for residents and volunteers

  • Native Grass Identification (Feb 2011)
  • Eucalypt Identification (Feb 2011)
  • Weed Control for Rural Landholders (Aug 2011)
  • Bird Identification (Sep 2011)
  • Birds in Backyards (July 2011)  
  • Conservation on Private Land (June 2011)
  • Propagation of Local Native and Edible Food Plants (April – May 2011)
  • Illawarra Coastal Walks Program  (Dec 2010 – Feb 2011)
  • Illawarra Regional Food Summit (July 2009)
  • Kiama Public School Living Classroom (2010)
  • Mt Terry Public School Living Clasroom (2011)
  • Coledale Living Classroom (2011)
  • Revised and expanded edition of Low Cost and Free Meals Directory (March 2011) 
  • Recruitment of 15 Illawarra Permaculture Champions (June 2011)
  • Stir it Up! Round 1 (2010)
  • Kiama Community Garden (2009-11)
  • Barrack Heights Community Garden (2009 -11)
  • Kiama Hillside Project (2011)

Woman at plant propagation workshopMan at Frog Identification Workshop

 Illawarra Bushland Database

A fantastic tool that collates flora survey information from over 600 sites in the Illawarra. You can search the information by maps, or event search by suburb to find out what is growing naturally in bushland near you.

Coming soon in November 2011! Stay posted and watch for the new version on the Southern Councils Group website.

Showcasing some of our successful restoration stories


Mangerton Biodiversity Bash   |  Blackbutt Biodiversity Event  |  Spring Creek Event

Identification Guides

Frogs of the Illawarra

 Frogs of the Illawarra brochure

Illawarra Birds - A Photo Guide

Our project has sponsored the printing of this pamphlet from Illawarra Birders Inc. which helps identify local birds.

Illawarra Birds Poster - page 1

 Illawarra Birds Poster - page 2
 
If you would like a hard copy, please contact us.

 

 

 

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