Local biodiversity strategy

The Local Biodiversity Strategy is intended to provide direction to the Council's various activities to ensure the protection of biodiversity (of all life forms - plants, animals, microorganisms) at the local level.

One of the first actions of the Strategy was to commence the Biodiversity Grants Program in recognition that a large portion of the City's bushland (approximately 1,450ha) is located on private property. The Program offered up to $10,000 per annum in grant monies to landowners for works that promote biodiversity conservation on their private properties. In recent years, the Program has evolved with the Council widened its scope to allow schools access to grants for on-ground conservation works. Also, the Council decided to allow for the grants to facilitate private property planning, materials acquisition and on-ground conservation works by an appropriate volunteer organisation.

In 2008/2009 the Grants Program was not funded. Instead the funds were used to review the effectiveness of the Local Biodiversity Strategy and other Council documents concerned with biodiversity conservation. This review resulted in the Council endorsed report ‘Local Biodiversity Conservation in the City of Rockingham, Policy Review and Identification of Issues’. This report indicated that the City had generally identified natural values that should be retained, but required quantifiable conservation targets that can be used in land use planning. As a result of this study, the City undertook on-ground viability assessment of the selected local bush land areas to determine where conservation targets should be concentrated.

Information from the above report, and the results of the on-ground assessment, will be used to update the current Local Biodiversity Strategy and provide further direction to a number of Council initiatives, including the Biodiversity Grants Program.

Aside from the Local Biodiversity Strategy, the City also engages in biodiversity conservation through Council endorsed management plans and continues to consider the protection of native vegetation through its ongoing assessment of planning applications.

The Council also liaises closely with State Government agencies to protect regionally significant vegetation across the City, including areas protected by the Rockingham Lakes Regional Park system or the State Government's Bush Forever strategy.

For more information on the types of vegetation which should be used in revegetation planting, please refer to the Flora Base section of the Department of Environment and Conservation website and the Waterwise Plants for WA section of the Water Corporation's website.