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$84m to support wildlife protection plan for Cumberland Plain

The Berejiklian government will spend $84 million to protect wildlife on the Cumberland Plain, including installing 120 kilometres of fencing and planting 100,000 trees.

The plan, unveiled on Wednesday, was a “once-in-a-generation commitment” to support koalas and other biodiversity in the fast-expanding housing zone in Sydney’s south-west, Planning Minister Rob Stokes said.

The Berejiklian government is planning to spend $84 million over five years to help preserve wildlife including koalas in the Cumberland Plain.

The Berejiklian government is planning to spend $84 million over five years to help preserve wildlife including koalas in the Cumberland Plain.Credit:Nick Moir

“Rather than assessing the biodiversity impact of individual development applications on an ad-hoc basis, we’ve identified upfront the key areas that need to be protected,” Mr Stokes said. “Too often the environment has been an afterthought in urban planning.”

The draft Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan “prioritises and protects urban bushland before urban development”, he said.

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