New BioBanking site proposed for Ku-ring-gai

Published on 19 December 2017

Council is seeking residents views until February on the management of a new site to protect biodiversity across four bushland locations.

The proposed 6.25 hectare BioBanking site comprises Blackbutt Park, Clive Evatt Reserve, The Glade Reserve and Sir David Martin Reserve, straddling the suburbs of Pymble, South Turramurra and Wahroonga.

BioBanking is a scheme that offsets the biodiversity impacts of new development by securing equivalent land to maintain permanently in as natural a state as possible.

Council already has one other BioBanking site, covering the Sheldon Forest, Rofe Park and Comenarra Creek Reserves between Turramurra and West Pymble. This site was established in 2014.

The existing site was created by the sale of ‘biodiversity credits’ funded through the NSW Government's Linking Landscapes grant program. The sale of these biodiversity credits paid for the ongoing management of BioBanked land, funding works such as weed removal, bush regeneration and creek stabilisation.

In the case of the proposed second site, the biodiversity credits created will be sold to offset impacts on biodiversity by development in the local area.

Nearby residents are being notified by mail of the proposed new site and the public are being invited to comment on the proposal until 23 February 2018.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the creation of a second BioBanked area of land would be a positive step for Ku-ring-gai.

“BioBanking is considered one of the best conservation management systems because funding is permanently guaranteed. No other form of funding has so effectively managed the long-term future of Australia’s bushland. For adjoining residents, it’s an assurance that the BioBanked land will never be developed.”

Click here to view the proposal and make a comment.

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Media contact: Sally Williams 9424 0982 or sawilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au