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City West Water

Flora and fauna management

Discover how we manage and protect the environment through our biodiversity management strategy.

As a water service provider is it our aim to protect and minimise our impact on the environment.

Why biodiversity management is important

Our service area is located on Western Basaltic Plains Grassland. The extent of native vegetation today is less than 1% compared to pre-colonial settlement. This vegetation is home to a range of threatened species.

Note: 2010 condition of basaltic plains (orange shows extent of natural temperate grasslands)

Artificial impoundment
Wetland habitat
Grassy Eucalyptus Woodland
Natural Temperate Grassland

Data Source:
Corporate Spatial Data library
Former Department of Sustainability and Environment

Map Production by:
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, DEPI

Map Production Date: 3 June 2010

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© The State of Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment 2009

Our services have the potential to impact on biodiversity. This can occur on land owned by us and land where we have assets. We can positively influence biodiversity outcomes through the:

  • management of pest and weed species;
  • management of biodiversity; and
  • choice of alignment of assets.

What we are doing about it


Our management of native vegetation follows an avoid, minimise and offset hierarchy. We use the following mechanisms to make this happen:

To avoid and minimise native vegetation impacts, Environmental Assessments and Environmental Management Plans seek to minimise clearance of native vegetation and habitat disturbance.

Where removal is unavoidable, we offset this by working with councils in our service area, the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning(DELWP) Bush Broker program and by revegetating land we own.

  • Facilitating urban greening

To increase the tree canopy cover and vegetation in the western suburbs we are working with stakeholders including community groups, developers and councils. Proposed actions for this work are detailed in the Greening the West Strategy.

Our Flora and Fauna Management Actions and Programs

Working with partners to improve urban ecology through our Greening the West program
Revegetate our owned land at Ballan Road
Implementation of the Native Vegetation Code of Practice
Measure extent and quality of vegetation on our sites
Develop Weed and Pest Management
Plans for our owned sites
Develop Biodiversity Strategy

Set targets and implement Biodiversity Strategy
Implement biodiversity training for field auditors

Others involved

Federal Government: Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Victorian Government: Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.

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