Biodiversity Management

Biodiversity maintains the critical ecosystem processes that support life. Healthy, functioning ecosystems are necessary to maintain and regulate the atmosphere, climate, fresh water, soil formation, cycling of nutrients, and disposal of wastes.

Biodiversity Management Plan

Council recognises that it is important that areas of biodiversity value are identified, and appropriate management regimes be implemented to ensure that these areas are preserved and enhanced wherever practical.

Our Biodiversity Management Plan establishes a forward program for systematically identifying, surveying and monitoring key elements of biodiversity within the Council area - and ensuring protection and enhancement of key habitats within Council's own parks and reserves areas, in collaboration with other agencies and the local community.

Council biodiversity sites located along coastal sand dunes, mangrove zones, woodlands and creek reserves within the Council boundary are monitored annually to provide a reliable baseline to measure future progress. The monitoring information is incorporated into site-specific biodiversity planning to effectively manage 'on-ground' works that aim to retain, restore and enhance the existing biodiversity values of these areas.

Council's Open Space Plan

Council has ownership or management responsibility for a range of public open space areas within the City. These areas are managed in accordance with a strategic Open Space Plan prepared by Council which aims to ensure that the use and ongoing management of these areas meets the needs of the community and the environment in a balanced way.

Some Council open space areas are designated in the Plan as specifically to be maintained and managed as 'natural areas'. In these areas, protection of the biodiversity and other environmental elements of the area are paramount, and development is limited to only actions that are required to protect or enhance the natural biodiversity values of the area.

Natural areas under Council's management within the City include the tidal wetlands and mangroves at Gillman, Folland Park at Enfield, Mangrove Cove at Ethelton, and the coastal dune system from Semaphore to North Haven.

Community Projects

Community members, schools, or groups wishing to actively participate in Conservation and Land Management projects within the coastal, stormwater wetlands, Torrens River reserve and Dry Creek are encouraged to contact Customer Services team or the Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board via their website.

For further information on this topic, or if you have any questions, please call our helpful Customer Services team on 8405 6600 or email us at
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