Biodiversity Certification

We’re proud to have achieved Biodiversity Certification of the Albury Local Environmental Plan 2010.

What is biodiversity certification?

Biodiversity certification streamlines biodiversity assessment for development proposals. It identifies areas of high conservation value that need to be avoided and protected, and areas that are suitable for development.

For more information, see NSW Office of Environment and Heritage: Biodiversity certification.

What does biodiversity certification mean for Albury?

Now that conservation areas and potential development areas have been identified, development in suitable areas can go ahead without the usual requirement for site-by-site threatened species assessment.

Through biodiversity certification, Albury is protecting 5,262 hectares of endangered ecological communities and threatened species habitat in Natural Areas (zoned E2 – Environmental Conservation, and E3 – Environmental Management).

Most of our remnant vegetation is on the steep ridgelines and rocky hills of the Albury Ranges and in small, fragmented patches on the edge of developed areas. Protecting these areas through biodiversity certification will help to reverse the trend of urban development encroaching on natural areas.

Through our Local Environment Plan, high conservation value vegetation and habitat will be linked and consolidated into a viable network of reserves. Losses of low conservation value vegetation and habitat in developable areas will be completely offset by protecting the Natural Areas.

Threatened species

The biodiversity certified area may contain two endangered ecological communities and a number of threatened flora and fauna species.

Our Biodiversity Strategy lists these species and how they are being protected.

Local Environmental Plan review

We will review the Local Environmental Plan before 2021 when biocertification is up for renewal.