Updated 9 September 2013
The City contains a range of natural areas that contain indigenous flora and fauna. These areas have become so depleted that the remaining examples that make up the biodiversity of the City require protection.
The extent and variety of these natural areas needs to be protected and their qualities maintained and, where appropriate, enhanced. This is achieved through the identification, protection, and the maintenance and enhancement of Special Ecological Areas. Special Ecological Areas are outlined within Appendix 5A: Special Ecological Areas (SEA) Register, and identified on the Plan Maps (Part B).
Special Ecological Areas and areas of indigenous vegetation (not identified as special, but nonetheless retaining intrinsic values or contributing to the amenity of the City) also act as wildlife corridors. The importance of this function must be recognised and provided for in protecting these areas.
It is also recognised that all Special Ecological Areas form part of the City environment and have important recreational and use values. Therefore, it is anticipated that specific recreational activities are to occur within those areas, provided that the adverse effects are mitigated.
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