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Environmental Management

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 209-222

First online:

Local Government Conservation and Management of Native Vegetation in Urban Australia

  • Renae N. StenhouseAffiliated withSchool of Earth and Geographical Sciences, The University of Western Australia

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Abstract

Reflecting a worldwide trend of devolution of power and responsibilities to local authorities, metropolitan local governments in Australia now have a role in protecting and managing native vegetation (bushland). Reporting on questionnaire and interview results for Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide, this research examines the main disturbances in local government bushlands, local governments’ efforts in bushland conservation, and universality of issues and responses among the cities and between urban and urban–rural local authorities. A number of disturbances in bushlands are common among the cities, with weeds, development impacts, and urban run off perceived to be the most threatening. Management efforts focus on weed control, whereas other main disturbances are receiving less attention. Community involvement in management is prevalent, although regional coordination among local governments is limited. Local governments are willing to be involved in biodiversity conservation and their capacity would be enhanced with increased funding, staffing, and regional coordination.

Local government Disturbance Environmental management Biodiversity conservation Urban bushland