Connecting, protecting and partnering to preserve our natural city

21 June 2017

A fresh strategy to protect our natural environment and recognise its significant value to our economy and lifestyle was today endorsed.

The ‘Our Natural City’ Strategy aims to achieve 51 per cent native vegetation cover in the city by 2020.

Mayor Tom Tate said the Gold Coast’s natural environment laid the foundation for our enviable lifestyle and global reputation, and the strategy reflected its significance to our economy.

“Gold Coast is one of the most biodiverse cities in Australia and we’ll aim to conserve this unique biodiversity as our city grows,” he said.

“Our world-class natural environment underpins the way of life loved by locals and visitors. That is why I am committed to ensuring the City preserves natural places for generations to come.

“In May, we asked the community for feedback and 89 per cent showed strong support. The community has said our natural environment is vital for the health of our city and its flora and fauna.

“This City recognises the importance of our natural assets through a commitment of approximately $38 million over the next three financial years.

“This strategy seeks to achieve a vibrant and resilient natural city where development is in a respectful balance with nature.’’

Planning Chair, Cr Cameron Caldwell, said managing the environment was everyone’s responsibility.  

“Our Natural City Strategy focuses on the strategic outcomes of connecting people with nature, protecting places for nature and partnering with the community to secure and enhance our natural assets,” he said.

The City will encourage partnerships between government, businesses, research institutions, landowners and the community to protect and restore strategic habitat and conserve priority species.

Cr Caldwell said the City would establish new partnerships to deliver 13 key priority actions with highlights including: nature-based recreational infrastructure; a community participation program; health monitoring for our natural assets; and investment attraction to support long-term outcomes.

For information on the ‘Our Natural City’ strategy visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/ournaturalcity or view https://youtu.be/2BtGOTyqYVU

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