Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan
The proposed Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan will provide biodiversity offsets for new housing and infrastructure corridors to support the delivery of the Western Parkland City. The Plan covers 200,000 hectares of Western Sydney from Wilton in the south to Windsor and Kurrajong in the north.
The conservation program is designed to offset all impacts on biodiversity by protecting at least three times the area affected by development.
The Plan supports 20,500 hectares of Cumberland Plain Woodland, a critically endangered ecological community that is found only in the Sydney Basin.
The Outer Sydney Orbital Stage 2 corridor investigation has sought to avoid land identified by the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan as having important conservation values.
More information about the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan.
Koalas require large, connected areas of habitat to eat, move and breed. The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan will protect koala habitat by adding to existing reserves and establishing new public reserves and biodiversity stewardship sites. The Plan will also facilitate koala movement across the landscape by protecting and restoring east–west connectivity. These east–west connects provide high quality habitat along the Georges and Nepean rivers and are important for the long term survival of the koala population.
The Outer Sydney Orbital Stage 2 investigation has sought to avoid land identified by the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan as being important for koala conservation. The future design of transport infrastructure will also consider ways to reduce impacts on koalas.
More information about Koala Habitat Protection.