A new nature reserve is to be developed in Kenny in the Gungahlin region, to protect native ecosystems and serve as an environmental offset.
Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman said the new reserve would be the 39th reserve in the Canberra Nature Park network.
“The reserve will also act as an environmental offset to protect endangered species and enable work to begin on the suburb of Kenny,” Mr Gentleman said.
“Offsets like these help us balance the impact of urban development on our wildlife,” he said.
Mr Gentleman said members of the community could have a say on Draft Variation 379 to the Territory Plan to rezone the land and create the Nature Reserve in Kenny until 1 February.
Member for Yerrabi, Suzanne Orr said the Kenny reserve would be the second nature reserve created in the Gungahlin region this year, following the creation of Franklins Grasslands.
“There is a lot of love for our iconic Canberra Nature Park and I know protecting the environment is very important to Canberrans, especially as more threatened species are impacted by climate change,” Ms Orr said.
“I look forward to hearing feedback from the community on this newest nature reserve,” she said.
The 14-page Draft Variation to the Territory Plan, including information on how to have a say, can be accessed at this PS News link.