The rich diversity of plants and animals in our natural environment plays a crucial role in sustaining vital ecological processes that supply our community with clean water and oxygen. There are 413 species, five populations and 18 ecological communities listed as endangered or vulnerable in the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority area. However, the increasing population in our region is exerting greater pressure on local species that depend on these resources for survival.
The escalating urban development, industrial growth, and population expansion pose significant threats to our environment. Consequently, safeguarding our region’s bushland and biodiversity has become more imperative than ever before.
This poses a unique challenge for our Council, as it must balance the needs of a growing population with the preservation and enhancement of our natural surroundings, attracting people to our region and supporting our precious ecosystems. Through strategic protection and enhancement of our bushland, ecosystems, and biodiversity, we can foster the growth and liveability of our region while simultaneously improving the quality of life for our community.