Submission to draft Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan
UDIA has been a key proponent for strategic biodiversity certification (biocertification) in Western Sydney for over a decade, believing that the strategic process would create a fast and transparent method to meet biodiversity obligations in a more affordable manner.
Finalising the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan is a necessary step to support the growth of the Western Parkland City, and it will underpin the process for new development in Western Sydney by providing certainty on costs and land use.
We acknowledge the enormous task undertaken to produce the draft Plan and we commend the Department for the work done to date.
Unfortunately, we are concerned that substantial further work is required to finalise the Plan in order to fully achieve the promised benefits of strategic biodiversity certification for Western Sydney.