Natural Environment Policy

Kiama Greens Natural Environment Policy

Aspirations:

To see the natural environment of Kiama LGA protected, enhanced, enjoyed and respected by the community and visitors to the area.

To see the biodiversity of the area actively enhanced through re-vegetation of key areas such as stream banks, weed management, development of new wildlife corridors and proper respect for environmental controls.

To see protection of biodiversity a fundamental part of all appropriate council policies.

Kiama Greens recognise:

  1. that the biodiversity of the LGA is special, containing some of the best areas of the original Illawarra Brush rainforest, endangered ecological communities such as the Swamp Mahogany-Paperbark Forest at Gerroa, wetlands, coastal dunes, escarpment forests and the endangered plant species such as zieria granulata which is only found in the Kiama area;
  2. that there is an ever increasing threat to this biodiversity from urban expansion, pollution, destructive clearing, poor water quality management, excessive use of pesticides and other chemicals and a lack of knowledge of the value of biodiversity;
  3. that protecting the biodiversity of the area for its own intrinsic value is an important objective for all the community and for Council policies and actions in particular;
  4. that protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of the area has value for community health, community recreation, the local economy through tourism, water quality and other things; and
  5. that recent changes to environmental and planning legislation have actually reduced the protection afforded to local biodiversity.

Kiama Greens will work to:

  1. Ensure that Kiama Council incorporates the protection of biodiversity in all possible policies and actions.
  2. Ensure that Kiama Council is vigilant in its monitoring of actions that may be detrimental to the biodiversity of the Kiama LGA.
  3. Educate and encourage local businesses, contractors and community members to realise the ways in which they release substances into the environment and to consider alternatives where possible.
  4. Link important ecological areas with green corridors to promote the movement of native fauna and improve the health of key waterways.