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Revised Draft North District Plan

The revised draft North District Plan provides a 20-year plan to manage growth and achieve the 40-year vision, while enhancing Greater Sydney’s liveability, productivity and sustainability into the future.

92 Sustainability

92 Sustainability Parramatta River Parramatta River is central to Greater Sydney’s Aboriginal and colonial history and the development of modern Sydney. Its foreshore is the focal point for an enhanced network of open spaces, walkways and cycleways. In the past, Parramatta River and its tributaries have suffered from degradation and contamination. There have been gradual improvements to water quality in recent decades, although further investment and a catchment-wide approach would provide further benefits. The NSW Government is working with councils and the community to develop the Parramatta River Masterplan, a blueprint for making selected sites along the Parramatta River swimmable. Four sites are already open for swimming and a number of potential swimming sites have been identified for further investigation including Meadowbank, Kissing Point Park and Putney. The Masterplan adopts the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Environment Protection Authority’s risk-based decision framework. Proactive management and improvements to wastewater and stormwater systems, including state-of-the-art water quality analysis and modelling, will provide the foundation of a healthy river. Making more sites along the Parramatta River swimmable will require improvements to the water quality and waterway health in the upstream catchment. This will take time to implement. Measures which slow the flow of stormwater into waterways and create bio-retention systems along streets, where water can be filtered and soak into the soil, will help make the river swimmable. Useful links: • Parramatta River Catchment Group Strategic Plan 2016–2018 • Making the Parramatta River swimmable again • Risk-based Framework for Considering Waterway Health Outcomes in Strategic Land-use Planning Decisions (2017) Actions Responsibility 59. Protect environmentally sensitive coastal areas and waterways. Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned Corporations 60. Enhance sustainability and liveability by improving and managing access to waterways, foreshores and the coast for recreation, tourism, cultural events and water-based transport. 61. Improve the health of catchments and waterways through a risk-based approach to managing the cumulative impact of development including coordinated monitoring of outcomes. Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned Corporations Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned Corporations 62. Reinstate more natural conditions in highly modified urban waterways. Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned Corporations Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan

93 Planning Priority N16 Protecting and enhancing bushland and biodiversity In giving effect to the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan, this Planning Priority delivers on Objective 27: Biodiversity is protected, urban bushland and remnant vegetation is enhanced and the corresponding strategies. Objective 27 in the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan outlines how the NSW Government seeks to protect and manage biodiversity values across Greater Sydney, from national and state conservation legislation to information such as biodiversity mapping. This Planning Priority reinforces the importance of Objective 27 and provides a context to District issues. Bushland areas protected in national parks and reserves support the District’s significant biodiversity, while bushland and remnant vegetation throughout the District’s urban and rural areas also provide habitat, help cool the environment and support cleaner waterways and air. Bushland covers around 48 per cent of the North District. While most of this bushland is located within the Protected Natural Area, the major landscape area at the northern periphery of the District, including Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. National parks and reserves in the District protect a number of important ecological communities including the Blue Gum High Forest and Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest, and protect vulnerable and endangered species. Figure 23 shows the extent of the District’s Protected Natural Area. Many areas of urban bushland are on public land managed as green infrastructure by councils, while some urban bushland is found on privately owned land. These areas of urban bushland, close to some of the District’s most densely populated areas, support opportunities for nature-based recreation and enhance liveability. Areas of bushland at the edges of urban neighbourhoods will need to be managed and enhanced to reduce impacts from urban areas, such as pollution and nutrients from stormwater, weeds and litter. Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan