DISCUSSIONS have begun in regards to the protection of rich ecosystems in the Macleay Valley, with a request for locals to have their say on the matter.
At July's Ordinary Meeting, council discussed the development of a draft Biodiversity Strategy that will help identify and prevent threats to our natural environment while enabling vital growth in the region.
The term biodiversity (condensed from 'biological diversity') refers to the variety of life on Earth at all its levels.
Councillors resolved to place the draft Biodiversity Strategy on public exhibition to allow residents to have their say on the biodiversity values of the Macleay Valley and how council intends on conserving them.
Mayor Liz Campbell said the development of a Biodiversity Strategy for Kempsey Shire is great news for current and future generations.
"Council has engaged with key stakeholders, including community groups, to put together a draft Biodiversity Strategy that will preserve and improve the rich environment of the Macleay Valley, encouraging sustainable conservation and urban growth," Cr Campbell said.
"Placing the draft strategy on public exhibition will allow community members and those who may not have had a say during consultation to give their feedback and help council adopt a plan that will provide direction to secure biodiversity for our community."
General manager Craig Milburn said the strategy will be a key instrument in planning - guiding developers on factors to take into account when making development applications.
"Balancing urban growth with environmental sustainability is one of council's biggest challenges and providing a Biodiversity Strategy will assists planners in ensuring the delivery of essential components to sustainable development," Mr Milburn said.
The draft Biodiversity Strategy is open for community feedback through council's Your Say Macleay website.
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