||Respect the natural environment
OBJECTIVE — Protect
and enhance biodiversity through nature reserves and maintaining
connectivity between them
The natural habitats of the ACT are a part of the
region’s ecological resources. As development pressures are
exerted in the ACT and surrounding areas, these natural habitats
need to be protected. Nature conservation priorities already identified
include native grassland and habitat for threatened lizards and
other species in the Majura and Jerrabomberra valleys, woodlands
around Gungahlin, at Symonston, Hume and west of Stromlo, and the
Molonglo River corridor. There is scope for woodland restoration
projects in the non-urban parts of the ACT. Map 7 — Biodiversity
Conservation shows the key nature conservation areas and wildlife
corridors that will be protected under the Spatial Plan.
- The Spatial Plan supports the initiatives
of the Woodlands for Wildlife: ACT Lowland
Woodland Conservation Strategy and the Planning
Framework for Natural Ecosystems of the ACT and NSW Southern
Tablelands. It identifies for protection
the full range of natural ecosystems found in the ACT, including
native grasslands and Yellow Box-Red Gum grassy woodland, and
wildlife corridors that provide connectivity and linkages between
key nature conservation areas.
- The areas identified as having
significant biodiversity values due to the existence of threatened
species, ecological communities and habitat for threatened
species will be included in nature conservation areas.
- The major
river corridors, the urban hills and ridges, and the hills
and reserves east and north of Gungahlin that create the main
links for wildlife movement and connect into natural areas
south and west of the Murrumbidgee River will be protected
as wildlife corridors. At a smaller scale the numerous parks,
waterways and landscape features in the urban area that provide
links between private gardens and nearby bushland areas will
also be recognised in planning policy.
- Development in the
new employment corridor in Majura, Symonston and Jerrabomberra,
including around the airport, will take into account the areas
of native grassland and habitat for threatened species that
are of significant nature conservation value.
- In the Molonglo
Valley, environmentally sensitive areas of the Molonglo River
corridor will be protected from the adverse impacts of the
- Those areas included in the rural setting,
as shown on Map 1 and which have biodiversity values, such
as Yellow Box–Red
Gum, will also be managed for conservation purposes.
strategies for endangered ecological communities and threatened
species will inform:
- the priorities for conservation, including those most
fundamental to achieving National and Territory conservation
- species that require special protective measures.
- Further detailed investigations and structure
planning for new greenfields areas and other urban development
areas will include addressing requirements for environmental
impact assessments, including assessing the biodiversity values
of identified sites.
- Initiate a Territory Plan variation to
ensure wildlife corridors are maintained primarily for wildlife
- Key nature conservation assets and
threatened species and ecological communities protected
in nature reserves.
- A system of wildlife corridors to
connect nature reserves developed and maintained.
- Protection of sensitive natural environments.
- Hectares of threatened species habitats and
ecological communities and other natural assets protected in
nature reserves or under similar secure management as proportion
of the total area of the ACT.
- Proportion of large, medium or
small fragments of native vegetation with corridor connections.
and area (hectares) of each ecological community protected
in nature reserves.