The population of the Western Parkland City is projected to grow from 740,000 in 2016 to 1.1 million by 2036, and to well over 1.5 million by 2056. The NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) is developing the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan (the Plan) which will strategically protect the area’s endangered biodiversity into the future. The Plan uses a strategic conservation planning process that identifies, avoids and minimises impacts on endangered biodiversity on a landscape scale early in the planning process. This process also brings together a package of conservation measures such as new national parks, private land conservation, creating new corridors and connected conservation areas and revegetating areas to protect biodiversity on a local and landscape scale.
The Plan covers 200,000 hectares in the Cumberland Plain across parts of eight Local Government Areas (LGA’s): Blacktown, Wollondilly, Campbelltown, Camden, Liverpool, Fairfield, Penrith and Hawkesbury – and transport corridors.
Molino Stewart was engaged to facilitate the community and key stakeholder engagement aspect of the Plan. Events were held across the study area and were attended by local councils, environment groups, developers, and the broader Western Sydney Community. Molino Stewart provided workshop and feedback activities designed to gather valuable perspectives and input to better inform and regulate the intentions of the Plan. More information about the Plan can be found here.