We’re planning for a more resilient and diverse natural environment. Our proposed goals and actions are detailed in the Draft Nature Strategy 2020–24.

We asked you to review our goals for the next 4 years and share feedback between Wednesday 20 November and Thursday 19 December 2019. Your feedback will help us finalise our Nature Strategy for 2020-24.

Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback on the draft strategy. Find out more about what we heard.

Yarra’s natural treasures

We carried out a major study between 2014 and 2016 that helped us better understand Yarra’s plant and animal species.

We discovered that there are at least 430 plant species in Yarra (including 7 threatened species), and more than 200 of these are native to the area. At least 278 animal species (birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs and insects) rely on local habitats.

Yarra features a wonderful variety of ecological areas, from the wetlands in Alphington to the grassy woodland in Burnley Park and the shrub land in Halls Reserve. With its 12 species of freshwater fish (including 3 rare species), Dights Falls is a site of State significance.

Larger urban parks such as Edinburgh Gardens and Darling Gardens provide 'stepping stones' across the Yarra landscape between larger areas of habitat.

Our Draft Nature Strategy 2020–24 will help us protect and enhance these natural treasures.

Have your say

Share your feedback on the draft strategy

Share your feedback on our draft strategy in the form below. We have included a summary of our four overarching goals and related actions within the feedback form, or you can find out more by reading the full Draft Nature Strategy 2020-24.

Goal 1: A more diverse, connected and resilient natural environment

We will protect and enhance Yarra’s natural areas through restoration programs linking habitats across boundaries, adaptive management techniques, and responding to the effects of climate change.

Example actions:

  • Monitor key populations of birds, insects, bats and more.
  • Document/map Yarra’s large old trees.
  • Create a panel of bushland management experts to inform our work.
What is your level of support for this goal?

Goal 2: People appreciate and seek to enhance the natural values of the Yarra landscape

We will encourage our community to value and protect biodiversity through active involvement in nature-based restoration programs.

Example actions:

  • Empower people to pursue nature based activities in public and private space.
  • Form a reference group to ensure community voices help guide our work.
  • Collaborate with other councils running community-driven programs.
What is your level of support for this goal?

Goal 3: Nature is considered core council business

We will strengthen our internal processes to ensure that natural values are considered in a range of processes (e.g. town planning).

Example actions:

  • Explore changes to the Yarra Planning Scheme to protect habitats.
  • Encourage planning applicants to choose indigenous plants and habitats.
  • Consider nature and habitat elements in Council-led projects.
  • What is your level of support for this goal?

    Goal 4: Innovation, communication and collaboration are the cornerstones of nature-focussed programs

    We recognise the importance of innovation and research, partnerships and collaboration, and effective communication in the delivery of successful nature focused programs.

    Example actions:

    • Partner with schools to monitor Yarra’s flora and fauna and promote education.
    • Collaborate with other organisations involved in urban ecology.
    • Use smart city technology to make our nature program more efficient and effective.
    What is your level of support for this goal?

    Do you have any comments on the above goals, or about the strategy itself? Is there anything else you would like to see the strategy cover?

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