Koala Habitat Development Strategy Reference Group

Nominations are now open for the Biodiversity and Koala Habitat Development Strategy Reference Group.  
Council, at its Ordinary Meeting held on 9 December 2020, repealed its Southside Structure Plan and Protection of Biodiversity Values Temporary Local Planning Instruments (TLPIs) and endorsed the development of a Biodiversity and Koala Habitat Development Strategy. This will inform strategies and projects across Council, facilitate the review and renewal of the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme and focus on koala habitat across the region.
CEO Shane Gray said there was some misconception in the community regarding the lifting of the Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI).
“Although the removal of the TLPI was perceived as placing future development as a higher priority than the environment, this is not the case.” He said.
“Council have a very clear and strong position to manage the balance of biodiversity and development, however we need to ensure Council achieves an outcome that is a balance between environmental protection and future development that is in the best interest for the community and the region. 
“The TLPI wasn’t the right mechanism to do this, however this is an area of importance and we’re asking community groups, experts and the wider community to help inform and implement the right process that allows both growth and the protection of our environment.” he said.
Council is seeking nominations from the following stakeholder groups to participate in the Biodiversity and Koala Habitat Development Strategy reference group.
  • Koala groups
  • Land care volunteers
  • Community
  • Farmers and graziers
  • Fauna and flora specialists
  • Private planners
  • Developers
  • Builders
  • Businesses
One nominee will be selected from each of the stakeholder groups.
“Our region is known for our beautiful environment and we don’t want to lose this. We also need to ensure that we have the ability to grow and develop in a sustainable way. This reference group will play a vital role in in our future planning.” Shane Gray explained. 
The objectives of the reference group will be:
  • Encourage engagement on issues of biodiversity across the Gympie Regional Council area;
  • Seek out issues, advice and feedback on matters relating to the development of a Biodiversity and Koala Habitat Development Strategy;
  • Provide focus on the development of biodiversity habitat in areas that are located where development cannot occur because of other current constraints including land below the Q100 flood level, steep slopes and Council and State owned land that has not been earmarked for future development.  This includes buffer zones around sewerage treatment plants and landfill sites;
  • Encourage sustainable development in respect to economic, social and environmental outcomes;
  • Provide direction to the new Planning Scheme considerations on matters of biodiversity;
  • Support community partnerships that support sustainability and biodiversity outcomes.

Nominations for the Koala Habitat Development Strategy Reference Group close on Friday, 29 January 2021 at 5pm.

How to apply:

Please read the Terms of reference before submitting your application.
Click here to submit the online application form or visit one of the below customer contact points to complete a hardcopy form.
  • Gympie Regional Libraries
  • Town Hall - 2 Caledonian Hill, Gympie
  • Kilkivan Branch office - 26 Bligh Street, Kilkivan
  • Planning and Development office - 29 Channon Street, Gympie

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