Byron Shire Council is the overall winner of the Local Government NSW’s Environment Awards in the ‘Innovation in Planning, Policies and Decision Making’ section for its Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2020-2030.
“This is a such a great win for us, and acknowledgement of all the work that goes on behind the scenes both at Council and in the community to get the best outcomes for our very special, and beautifully biodiverse Shire,” Council’s Biodiversity Officer, Liz Caddick said.
“From the moment we started work on this 10 year strategy, we knew that we needed the community on board because they are the ones with local knowledge and they are the people on the ground who can make a real difference when it comes to protecting and enhancing our very precious environment,” she said.
Council’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy includes a plan of 90 measurable actions to support conservation across all departments of Council, on private land and in adjacent Local Government Areas.
“Establishing better networks with landowners and other stakeholders, as well as keeping the wider community informed about the Strategy and their chance for input, has resulted in a really robust Strategy that will hopefully see us achieve a great deal over the next decade,” Ms Caddick said.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be acknowledged as the winner of this State-wide award,” she said.
The Strategy was endorsed by Council in June this year.