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Knox Urban Biodiversity Policy

Posted in Models by Virginia on June 2nd, 2009

“We do not inherit the earth from our parents, but we borrow it from our children”

A poignant phrase that highlights the intentions embedded in the notion of sustainability and inter-generational equity.  The Knox City Local Council has taken this view of equity to ensure and increase the biodiversity values that currently exist in the local region, continue to exist in the future in the face of the uncertain environmental impacts of climate change.

The rehabilitation efforts include the creation of wetlands which have revitalized the frog population in Blink Creek Billabong in Ferntree Gully, revegetation along creeks and rivers, education programs in schools and involvement of the community.  A significant program the Knox Council has launched, called the Gardens for Wildlife program, addresses the issue of ‘garden escapees’ or garden plants becoming weeds in the native environment.  The Gardens for Wildlife project aims to educate as well as demonstrate how to create a native garden and the biodiversity values it supports.

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