Biodiversity refers to the variety of all life forms: the different plants, animals and micro-organisms, their genes and the ecosystems of which they are a part. Protecting biodiversity and land resources is important because of its role in sustaining natural processes, such as nutrient cycling, soil formation and pollination. Maintaining biodiversity is essential for the survival of healthy ecosystems.
Australia is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world; with a large portion of its species found nowhere else. Urban development continues to be the most significant pressure on land in the Blacktown LGA. A land use conflict exists between the need for urban expansion and the preservation of remnant native bushland. There are several issues relating to land resources and biodiversity that Blacktown City Council is currently addressing. These include land contamination, urban salinity and the preservation of the endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland.
For more information on Land and biodiversity and our programs to protect and improve the land and biodiversity resources in the Blacktown LGA, please click on the links below.