Thank you to community members who participated in the Biodiversity Strategy Workshop held in December 2017 and those of you that provided feedback online (and in other ways). We appreciate all submissions.

Following the review of all submissions and feedback provided at the workshop and online, we are committing to a further review of the draft strategy with a focus on additional consultation and community engagement. Consultation will be a combination of stakeholder meetings and one-on-one consultation beginning in March.  We will also have Ward based community consultations taking place from May to June.

In addition to further engagement, we will produce monthly newsletters, commencing in April, and advertise for participation in a community reference group.

We’re excited to have appointed Brian Bainbridge in the role of Biodiversity Officer. Brian Bainbridge has been employed to work with the community to refine the draft Biodiversity Strategy and then lead the Strategy’s implementation.  Brian has a background in ecological planning with a community-based catchment management group.  Brian is developing a response to the primary issues raised by the community through the feedback received to date on the draft Biodiversity Strategy. This “Biodiversity Strategy- Response to Feedback” will be distributed in March.  If your particular concern is not addressed fully by this response you will be invited to consult directly with Brian at that time.

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