Flora and Fauna Guidelines

Flora and Fauna Guidelines

All development activities that impact upon native flora or fauna habitat require assessment of the effect on aquatic habitat, native vegetation communities, protected and threatened flora and fauna species, threatened and vulnerable ecological communities, endangered populations or their habitat.
 The below link to Flora and Fauna Guidelines provide guidance on:
 

  • How the impact on biodiversity is to be assessed
  • How flora, fauna and aquatic surveys are to be conducted
  • The minimum level of survey effort required for adequate assessment.

Council will assess whether these Guidelines have been satisfied when considering a DA, rezoning proposal, or activity, and in commenting on proposals when Council is not the consent authority.

Flora and Fauna Survey Guidelines (12 MB)

Notably the Wyong area has an abundance of natural features and a number of rare and/or threatened species which can be found throughout the shire.

Where suitable habitat occurs in a study area for Squirrel Gliders, a habitat assessment must be conducted and included in the Flora and Fauna Report.  Refer to Appendix 1 of the doc format Squirrel Glider Conservation Management Plan : Wyong Shire (1.22 MB) for a template for the habitat assessment.

Where suitable habitat occurs in a study area for threatened terrestrial orchids, surveys must be conducted in accordance with the following Ground Orchids Survey Guidelines.
pdf formatInterim Survey Guidelines for Ground Orchids in Wyong Shire (805.05 KB)
doc formatInterim Survey Guidelines for Ground Orchids in Wyong Shire (306.00 KB) .

Some chapters of the Wyong Shire Council Development Control Plan 2013 also require specific ecological assessment reports, such as doc formatChapter 3.4: Conservation Areas for Northern Wyong Shire (260.00 KB) and  docx format Chapter 3.10: Wetlands Management (4.66 MB).

These controls are to be addressed when preparing development applications.