We work alongside others in our community to protect natural heritage, this includes local Aboriginal groups, Management Committees, Friends groups and land owners.
What is Council's Natural Heritage Strategy about?
The Natural Heritage Strategy 2015-2025 describes our plans to protect and enhance Darebin’s natural heritage sites over the next 10 years. It builds on the 2011 Natural Heritage Plan which was part of the development of a wider Heritage Study for planning purposes. It provides the status of land ownership and management across Darebin’s key natural heritage sites as well as planning controls, policies and management plans affecting natural heritage.
The Natural Heritage Strategy describes key issues affecting natural heritage. It also outlines over 60 actions to address these issues and meet our vision of Darebin as a place where natural heritage is valued and nurtured. We will work together with land managers and the wider community to achieve this vision.
Why do we have a Natural Heritage Strategy?
We want to ensure that our natural heritage sites are recognised, valued and protected. Darebin has a wealth of natural heritage for a metropolitan Council including:
- 51 sites of local significance
- 24 sites of regional significance
- 2 sites of regional-state significance
- 34 sites of state significance
- 2 sites of regional-national significance; and
- 26 sites of national significance.
We want to protect and enhance these areas through our own practices and policies, through working with the community and other land owners.
What does the Natural Heritage Strategy include?
The Natural Heritage Strategy includes a range of actions across four main areas:
- Knowing about Natural Heritage.
- Caring for Natural Heritage.
- Working with land owners, managers and groups.
- Community engagement and education.
View the Darebin Natural Heritage Strategy 2015-25.
Want to know more about natural heritage in Darebin?
To celebrate Darebin's precious natural heritage, we've made a film that showcases some of our significant natural heritage sites, see below. The film demonstrates the commitment of many in our community to valuing and protecting our natural heritage areas, and looks to raise awareness of the natural beauty right here on our doorstep. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the natural heritage strategy, film or other related issues.