Biodiversity Projects & Programs

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Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy

The Illawarra councils (Kiama, Wollongong and Shellharbour) received a three year grant from the NSW Environmental Trust to develop and commence implementation of an Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy, as part of the Illawarra Biodiversity and Food Security Strategy for Climate Change Project.

The strategy was adopted by Kiama Council on 23 May 2011. You can view the Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy using the links below:

The Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy aims to:

  • develop a coordinated regional approach to biodiversity conservation in order to maximise knowledge sharing, and efficient use of resources between the Illawarra councils
  • identify biodiversity priorities to guide the Illawarra councils in future decision making and land use planning
  • identify threats to biodiversity across the Illawarra
  • improve community awareness, and encourage and support community participation in biodiversity conservation
  • contribute to State and National natural resource management targets through implementation of a five year action plan.

The principal output of the Strategy is a regionally coordinated program of actions outlining how the Illawarra councils can contribute to National and State natural resource management targets over the next five years.

The Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy also provides clear guidance to the allocation of internal and external funding to the highest biodiversity valued natural areas under Council care and control.

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Rehabilitation projects

Council conducts ongoing rehabilitation projects at Spring Creek, Jerrara Dam, and Bonaira Reserve, and on various beaches in the municipality:

Spring Creek Wetlands -

a restored wetland environment with a rich history. The Spring Creek site has been rejuvenated with the help of many community groups and Council staff since 1992 when the site was purchased by Council for restoration. The area has since flourished and is an important site for animals including migratory bird species and even the Green and Golden Bell Frog.

Download the booklet which includes a map of the site and other valuable information for a great day trip around the site. Spring Creek Wetlands Fact Booklet


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Bonaira Native Gardens -

a restored example of rainforest within the urban heart of Kiama township.  Take a walk through this wonderful site which is often bypassed due to its location.  You can find the Bonaira Native Gardens behind the AFL oval in Bonaira Street, opposite the entrance to Kendalls Beach Holiday Park.


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Jerrara Dam Arboretum - 

located in the heart of dairying country outside Jamberoo.  The Jerrara Dam site is a great place to have a picnic and see a collection of local native plant species, some of which are endangered. Many of the trees have name plates and identified on the Jerrara Dam Arboretum Bush Walk Tree Location Map.  Take Jamberoo Road out of Kiama and turn left onto Jerrara Road, which has an electrical substation on the corner.


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External Links

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