Green Web is an exciting landscape-scale project which:
- Maps high environmental value lands (HEVL) across the Shire, including important wildlife corridors such as the Great Western Wildlife Corridor; and
- Maps priority investment areas for biodiversity conservation, including private lands.
- Delivers actions to secure public land including Council owned or managed (CCLM) Bushland Reserves
Green Web is delivered by Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Environment Levy utilising High Environmental Value Land (HEVL) mapping from Environment, Energy and Science, within NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). The South East Tablelands High Environmental Values dataset covers the South East Tablelands Regional Growth Planning area (SEED portal).
Why is it Important?
Protecting and investing in the Green Web across the Shire is essential for the long-term survival of the many beautiful native plant and animal species which share our home in the Southern Highlands - especially endangered species such as koalas.
The Green Web will also help to ensure that our wildlife corridors connect with our neighbouring local government areas and to the Great Eastern Ranges - the 3600 km long corridor stretching from western Victoria to Far North Queensland. Protecting and maintaining these connections are critical in helping native plants and animals cope with climate change through allowing movement across the landscape and providing refuges from the extremes of climate change.
The Green Web project will help deliver the biodiversity conservation outcomes of Council's Environment and Climate Change Strategy (in development).
The Green Web was initially part of the new native vegetation map project for the Shire. It is an ongoing project, to mitigate through public-private partnerships, key threatening processes such as habitat loss and fragmentation, long-term and short-term impacts of climate change and development pressures.
Council is working closely with our community and Environment Energy and Science within DPIE, as well as members of the Great Eastern Ranges Southern Highlands Working Group to support the protection of important habitat and corridors, such as the Great Western Wildlife Corridor and the Illawarra Escarpment.