Biodiversity Offset Delivery Plan
The Biodiversity Offset Delivery Plan (BODP) outlines measures for offsetting significant impacts on biodiversity associated with the construction of Stage 1 of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.
The BODP was prepared as a condition of the Airport Plan and approved by the former Department of the Environment and Energy (now Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment) on 24 August 2018. The plan was developed in consultation with a Biodiversity Experts Group, which included representatives from the former NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) (now NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment), NSW Government Local Land Services, local councils in the vicinity of the project, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, other Western Sydney Aboriginal stakeholder groups, a university and conservation groups.
The BODP is built upon the biodiversity assessment and offset package in the Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), specified sections of the environmental management framework in the EIS and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Environmental Offsets Policy October 2012.
Central components of the BODP include:
- Restoration and management of at least 900 hectares of native vegetation, including Cumberland Plain Woodland, at the Defence Establishment Orchard Hills
- Purchase of BioBanking credits through the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme
- A contribution to the Greening Australia Cumberland Seed Hub program to develop a reliable source of native seed
- Acquisition of suitable parcels of land to be managed by local conservation groups
- A range of other compensatory measures.
Download the Biodiversity Offset Delivery Plan PDF: 15MB
2019 BODP Implementation Report
The 2019 BODP Implementation Report, prepared by environmental consultants GHD, outlines the Department’s offsetting achievements for 2019 (August 2018 to August 2019). The report was approved by the Approver, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as meeting Airport Plan Condition 30 in July 2020. The report demonstrates that the Department has made significant progress in securing biodiversity offsets over the period, including reaching 100 per cent of the obligation for:
- Cumberland Plain Woodland
- Total Shale Gravel Transition Forest
- Cumberland Plain Land Snail
- Pultenaea parviflora
- Marsdenia viridiflora.
Significant gains were made for most of the remaining biodiversity offset obligations.
The Department secured direct offsets using a range of mechanisms in the 2019 period, including a NSW biodiversity credits tender process and the establishment of the Defence Establishment Orchard Hills Offset Area. This is in addition to the work completed on indirect offsets, which include the finalisation of the Threatened Flora Propagation Program (Condition 33 of the Airport Plan) and continued implementation of the Greening Australia seed collection and production program (Condition 32 of the Airport Plan).
The Department continues to make progress in securing its remaining offset obligations.
Download the 2019 BODP Implementation Report PDF: 43 MB
Threatened Flora Propagation Program
The Department and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan (ABGMA) have achieved an important set of milestones under the Threatened Flora Propagation Program (TFPP). Stage 1 of the TFPP has been completed along with a substantial component of Stage 2. The TFPP is a requirement under Condition 33 of the Airport Plan.
Stage 1 involved the salvage and propagation of three threatened plant species from the Airport Site: Pimelea spicata, Marsdenia viridiflora and Pultenaea parviflora. The propagated plants will be used in conservation work across Western Sydney and in further propagation trials. Stage 2 is focusing on a genetic analysis of the endangered Pimelea spicata population from the Airport Site as compared with other populations across the region. The work will allow ABGMA to develop a genetically diverse potted collection of Pimelea spicata to be used for future conservation work.
Both Stage 1 and Stage 2 reports can be found on the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney website.