Strategic Planning and Biodiversity Protection in Melbourne's Growth Areas

Protecting Melbourne's Biodiversity

With Melbourne's population predicted to double by 2030, final year RMIT Planning students consider the protection and management of environmental values as part of the planning of new suburbs.  Marc Freestone (Botanist) of our Melbourne office provided an insightful and informative presentation in front of a captivated audience.

Marc Freestone presents 'Considering the environment in planning new suburbs
Marc outlined how the environment (remnant native vegetation, significant flora and fauna species and other ecological values) is considered in the planning and design process for new suburbs throughout Melbourne’s growth areas. 

Presenting information on Melbourne’s unique biodiversity, Marc explained the importance of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (BCS) and the Subregional Species Strategies prepared for Growling Grass Frog Litoria raniformis, Southern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon obesulus obesulus and Golden Sun Moth Synemon plana which have been prepared as part of Melbourne's Strategic Assessment (under Part 10 of the Act).  He also discussed the role other environmental planning policies (on State and local levels) play in the protection of biodiversity in our peri-urban environments, whilst enabling urban development to proceed. 

'It was a fantastic opportunity to introduce the students to Melbourne's unique biodiversity and how these values are considered in our current planning and design framework. Strategic and statutory planners, together with the urban development industry and government agencies such as the Metropolitan Planning Authority, play an integral role in shaping our future urban matrix.  By educating tomorrow's planners regarding the importance of our threatened biodiversity, hopefully we can avoid repeating some of the mistakes that were made in the past,' commented Marc.

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