Draft Environment and Biodiversity Strategy

Consultation has concluded

The City of Burnside invites you to comment on the Draft Environment and Biodiversity Strategy that will shape a sustainable, resilient and biodiverse future for our City.

The Vision

The purpose of the Environment and Biodiversity Strategy is to provide a focused strategic direction based on the guiding policy principles, adopted by Council, after consultation with our community.

This Strategy will assist the City to progress towards resilience and living sustainably. It provides strategic direction on the management of the precious natural assets of the City of Burnside so that they are restored, protected, conserved and/or maintained, as appropriate. It will also assist and encourage the current and future generations of residents and visitors to value our environment and its biodiversity, and take care of it, and all of the current and potential life forms living with the City, for the benefit of our current and future community

The Strategy

The Environment and Biodiversity Strategy will be delivered through three Goals:

Goal 1 – Sustainable City

The City of Burnside’s goal to be a Sustainable City recognises the importance of environmentally sustainable development, sustainable living and sustainable management of its operations.

Goal 2 – Connected and Resilient Biodiverse Landscapes

The protection of biodiversity is not purely about protecting the myriads of life-forms that share the world with humans; it is also about ‘ecosystem services’ that are of direct benefits to humans. When a naturally occurring species is lost from an area this is a “local extinction” and it is a step towards global extinction. It is the City of Burnside and the people living here who have the responsibility for ensuring the conservation of the biodiversity in the municipality.

Goal 3 – Protected and Valued Water Resources

To protect water resources for use now and in the future the City of Burnside can use Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) principles, develop alternative water supplies and minimise the use of water in its operations, seek aquifer storage and recovery opportunities, and, develop stormwater management plans as part of the Waterproofing the East Project.

Community Engagement

Council is seeking feedback on the draft Environment and Biodiversity Strategy before it is adopted.

You are invited to comment on the Environment and Biodiversity Strategy to indicate that it fulfils your expectations and desires for a sustainable, resilient and biodiverse future for our City

Have your say

Have your say by completing the survey below by 5 pm Tuesday 2 September 2014.

Next Steps

The responses from the survey will be reviewed and collated and then presented in a report to Council that highlights where any appropriate changes may be required to the draft document.

More information

View the Draft Strategy and the Environment and Biodiversity Policy in the Document Library or contact Melanie Spurling on 8366 4200 or use the Email Us tab below.


The City of Burnside invites you to comment on the Draft Environment and Biodiversity Strategy that will shape a sustainable, resilient and biodiverse future for our City.

The Vision

The purpose of the Environment and Biodiversity Strategy is to provide a focused strategic direction based on the guiding policy principles, adopted by Council, after consultation with our community.

This Strategy will assist the City to progress towards resilience and living sustainably. It provides strategic direction on the management of the precious natural assets of the City of Burnside so that they are restored, protected, conserved and/or maintained, as appropriate. It will also assist and encourage the current and future generations of residents and visitors to value our environment and its biodiversity, and take care of it, and all of the current and potential life forms living with the City, for the benefit of our current and future community

The Strategy

The Environment and Biodiversity Strategy will be delivered through three Goals:

Goal 1 – Sustainable City

The City of Burnside’s goal to be a Sustainable City recognises the importance of environmentally sustainable development, sustainable living and sustainable management of its operations.

Goal 2 – Connected and Resilient Biodiverse Landscapes

The protection of biodiversity is not purely about protecting the myriads of life-forms that share the world with humans; it is also about ‘ecosystem services’ that are of direct benefits to humans. When a naturally occurring species is lost from an area this is a “local extinction” and it is a step towards global extinction. It is the City of Burnside and the people living here who have the responsibility for ensuring the conservation of the biodiversity in the municipality.

Goal 3 – Protected and Valued Water Resources

To protect water resources for use now and in the future the City of Burnside can use Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) principles, develop alternative water supplies and minimise the use of water in its operations, seek aquifer storage and recovery opportunities, and, develop stormwater management plans as part of the Waterproofing the East Project.

Community Engagement

Council is seeking feedback on the draft Environment and Biodiversity Strategy before it is adopted.

You are invited to comment on the Environment and Biodiversity Strategy to indicate that it fulfils your expectations and desires for a sustainable, resilient and biodiverse future for our City

Have your say

Have your say by completing the survey below by 5 pm Tuesday 2 September 2014.

Next Steps

The responses from the survey will be reviewed and collated and then presented in a report to Council that highlights where any appropriate changes may be required to the draft document.

More information

View the Draft Strategy and the Environment and Biodiversity Policy in the Document Library or contact Melanie Spurling on 8366 4200 or use the Email Us tab below.


Consultation has concluded
  • Update

    over 1 year ago

    The Draft Environment and Biodiversity Strategy engagement closed 2 September 2014. The community and stakeholder responses were compiled and the revised Strategy was then adopted by Council on 10 February 2015.

    The Environment and Biodiversity Strategy's vision for the City is for,

    "A municipality that supports healthy ecosystems where the air, land and creeks are clean, with leafy urban forests and resilient ecosystems and connected biodiverse landscapes, where fauna habitat is maintained and protected, with a sustainable urbanised heart that seeks sustainable water supplies, reduced bushfire hazard risk, efficient buildings and transport systems and minimal waste and emissions."

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    The Draft Environment and Biodiversity Strategy engagement closed 2 September 2014. The community and stakeholder responses were compiled and the revised Strategy was then adopted by Council on 10 February 2015.

    The Environment and Biodiversity Strategy's vision for the City is for,

    "A municipality that supports healthy ecosystems where the air, land and creeks are clean, with leafy urban forests and resilient ecosystems and connected biodiverse landscapes, where fauna habitat is maintained and protected, with a sustainable urbanised heart that seeks sustainable water supplies, reduced bushfire hazard risk, efficient buildings and transport systems and minimal waste and emissions."

    Implementation of the Environment and Biodiversity Strategy will involve actions resulting from strategic objectives of this Strategy.

    As a Council we can play our part in delivering on these visions, but we cannot succeed alone. We need to use and value the generosity and knowledge of our volunteer community and encourage caring and respect for the environment in the community through education, if we are to be successful in our endeavours to implement this Strategy and achieve our visions.

    For more information, please see the Environment and Biodiversity Strategy below or contact Melanie Spurling, Projects Officer at mspurling@burnside.sa.gov.au or phone 8366 4200.