Our staff understand the complexity of wetlands and their intrinsic values and prepare management plans to ensure that the use of our land is sustainable for present and future generations.
Wetland Management Plans
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions requires a formal wetland management plan as a condition of approval of a development that is in close proximity to, or that incorporates a wetland. Specifically a wetland management plan should address these four fundamental questions:
- What is the current state or ecological characteristics of the wetland – ecosystem components, processes and services?
- What are the target or desired values of the wetlands (sometimes termed ‘vision’)?
- How might the situation change and values be lost (what potential impacts and threats apply)?
- What are the management strategies/action plans to restore, improve and/or sustain the wetland?
These management plans are rigorously addressed in accordance with relevant state and federal environmental legislation:
Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Environmental Protection Act 1986
Fish Resources Management Act 1994
Wildlife Conservation Act 1950