The City of Greater Dandenong is committed to working with the community to protect biodiversity and build a resilient future for our city.
Following community feedback received in 2020, we e are currently developing a draft Biodiversity Action Plan. This draft will be released for community feedback in April 2021. The plan will help us work together with our community to protect and enhance the natural environment in Greater Dandenong.
Biodiversity can be defined as the variety of all living things, including the different plants, animals and micro organisms, and the habitats and ecosystems they form.
Biodiversity actions are expected to focus on our local native flora and fauna however biodiversity outcomes can also be achieved in other areas like private and public gardens, through street tree planting and within our network of parks and gardens, including those set aside as bushland reserves.
Having a biodiverse environment is important to help create a healthy community. The healthier and more diverse each ecosystem or environment is, the more it can withstand the impacts of change.
After declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency at the start of 2020, Council is now looking to gain a better understanding of our biodiversity and how we can improve it for a better future for all.
A draft Biodiversity Action Plan draft is now currently under development and follows a period of community consultation during late 2020 that sought to include the views and knowledge of the Greater Dandenong community. A survey open to all residents received an excellent number of responses and represented the a wide cross section of the community. A further two stakeholder workshops were also conducted in 2020.
We expect the draft plan to be available for review and feedback from April 5 to April 30 2021.
If you would like further information or provide further comment on the Biodiversity Action Plan can you please email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Biodiversity Action Plan' in the email subject heading.