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23/11/2017 3:00 p.m.
Thursday 23 November, 2017
A reviewed plan that seeks to protect
and enhance the district’s native plant and animal species has been adopted at
the Ashburton District Council’s Service Delivery Committee meeting today.
The Biodiversity Action Plan
2017-2022 sets out the objectives that Council will work towards during the
next five years, and provides a strategic approach to protecting the district’s
Council Open Spaces Planner Bert
Hofmans says one of the main additions to the reviewed plan, which was
initially adopted by Council in 2011, is a push to complete ecological surveys
along the district’s roadsides.
“Significant steps have been taken in
the last five years to investigate and enhance Ashburton’s biodiversity
elements. More than $70,000 has been awarded to 26 applicants for
biodiversity-related projects since 2013, and there are now two significant
restoration and protection initiatives underway at Wakanui Beach and Lakes Camp
“This revised Action Plan has been
developed in collaboration with key stakeholders and looks to consolidate and
build on the achievements that have been made so far.”
The Action Plan’s five objectives
include protecting, maintaining and restoring significant areas of
biodiversity, engaging with landowners, integrating biodiversity protection
principles into Council policy, and celebrating local biodiversity.
The Biodiversity Action Plan closely
aligns with the Canterbury Region Biodiversity Strategy and the Canterbury
Water Management Strategy.
Council has statutory
responsibilities under the Resource Management Act to maintain biological