Ingleside Biobanking To Go Ahead


Source: Pittwater Online News

Ingleside Biobanking To Go Ahead: Great News For The Ingleside Chase Reserve

In March 2019 an announcement that Council had prepared a a Biobanking Application for Ingleside Chase Reserve was welcomed and supported by Pittwater bushcare groups and local environment groups.

A biobanking site is an in-perpetuity agreement between a land manager (Council in this instance) and the State government – and provides funding for the ongoing management of the biobanking site for conservation purposes.

Such conservation purposes in Ingleside Chase Reserve include improving habitat value and conservation of threatened flora and fauna species, reducing the impact of weeds and feral animal pests, and reducing human impacts to improve water quality in the Narrabeen, Fern and Mullet Creek catchments.

The biobanking agreement would hugely supplement the funds Council needs to spend in the reserve to achieve proper conservation.

What is biobanking?

BioBanking is a market-based offset scheme that allows developers to buy ‘biopersity credits' to counterbalance the loss of biopersity resulting from their development.

'Biopersity credits' are generated by landowners who commit to enhance and protect biopersity values on their land through a biobanking agreement. These credits can be sold, generating funds to manage the site. Buyers include developers, conservation and philanthropic organisations and government.

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On Wednesday this week, June 19th, Council announced it has entered into a biobanking agreement with the State Government to help fund the ongoing conservation of the ecologically-important Ingleside Chase Reserve.

The biobanking agreement is the first of its type for Council.

Negotiated with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, the agreement means a biobank site is established at Ingleside to help manage the land for conservation.

Ingleside Chase Reserve is a 70-hectare bushland reserve owned and managed by Council and is located on the Warriewood Escarpment between the suburbs of Warriewood, Ingleside and Elanora Heights.

Mayor Michael Regan said the arrangement will enable Council to continue its important work conserving the Reserve.

“Ingleside is home to many endangered species of threatened plants and animals. The Reserve is critical to the region’s biopersity and it is vital it be maintained, but this does require significant ongoing funding.

“The biobanking agreement provides an opportunity to secure a substantially larger budget to continue to manage the Reserve.

“Apart from protecting threatened plants and animals, Council’s work at Ingleside includes reducing the impact of weeds and feral animals, and minimising the human impact to improve water quality in the Narrabeen, Fern and Mullet Creek catchments.” Mayor Regan said.

A male Spotted Pardalote at Ingleside - A J Guesdon photo


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