Biodiversity

The Council supports the ongoing conservation of native vegetation and biodiversity across the City.

The Council works with the community to perfect our City's biodiversity and understands that a highly diverse and complex ecosystem is a sign of health. This also has a positive impact on the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.

What is biodiversity

Biodiversity (or biological diversity) is the variety of all forms of life (plants, animals and micro-organisms), the genes they contain, and the ecosystems of which they form a part.

An ecosystem is a community of animals and plants, considered as a total unit within its physical environment.

 

Why biodiversity is important

Maintaining and enhancing biodiversity is important for a number of reasons, including:

  • biodiversity maintains the critical ecosystem processes that support life
  • healthy, functioning ecosystems are necessary to maintain and regulate the atmosphere, climate, fresh water, soil formation, cycling of nutrients and disposal of wastes
  • aesthetic and cultural value - the community places a high value on native plants, animals and ecosystems, which contribute to a sense of cultural identity, spiritual enrichment and recreation.

For information about encouraging biodiversity in your own backyard, visit: Natural Resource Management - Urban Diversity