As part of our Kiama Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS), the community strongly identified the need to conserve areas of environmental significance.
This is captured by Theme 4 of the LSPS: Mitigate and adapt to climate change and protect our environment.
There are 3 Planning Priorities within Theme 4.
One of these is to plan for and adapt to the impacts of natural hazards and the changing climate.
To do this, one of the actions we've identified is to complete a municipal-wide vegetation study to ensure our biodiversity corridor and bushfire mapping is accurate.
Following an open tender process, Council has appointed Biosis Pty. Ltd. to carry out this vegetation study.
What is the scope of the Vegetation Study?
The Vegetation Study has 2 main areas of focus:
- Identification of the different vegetation types throughout the municipality.
- Identification of endangered ecological communities and any areas of ‘Outstanding Biodiversity Value and their distribution within the municipality.
The review will need to consider the ‘Natural Vegetation in the Municipality of Kiama New South Wales’ report prepared by Kevin Mills & Associates Pty. Ltd. in 2007. The report, and associated maps, formed the basis of current environmental zoning and terrestrial biodiversity corridors as mapped by the Kiama LEP 2011.
Since the publication of the 2008 Kiama Bushfire Prone Land map, changes have occurred to the NSW Rural Fire Services standards which include, but are not limited to, the need to identify grassland as a bushfire hazard.
What tasks will the consultant be responsible for?
Biosis Pty. Ltd. will be responsible for:
- Conducting a municipality-wide vegetation study to ensure biodiversity corridor and bushfire mapping is accurate.
- After completion of the vegetation study:
a. Reviewing environmental zonings and terrestrial biodiversity layers of the Kiama Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2011 to ensure environmental lands are appropriately zoned.
b. Reviewing land use tables of environmental zonings in the Kiama LEP 2011 to ensure appropriate mix of uses permitted in environmental zones.
c. Updating existing Bushfire Prone Land Map, in accordance with NSW Rural Fire Service’s requirements, to ensure land use planning decisions are made using up-to-date/current data.