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.
“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.