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 Airport.
The BODP was prepared as a condition of the Airport Plan and approved by the Department of the Environment and Energy on 24 August 2018. The plan was developed in consultation with a Biodiversity Experts Group, which included representatives from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), 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
- Acquisition of suitable parcels of land to be managed by local conservation groups
- A contribution to the Greening Australia Cumberland Seed Hub program to develop a reliable source of native seed
- Purchase of BioBanking credits through the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme
- A range of other compensatory measures.
Biodiversity credits for Western Sydney Airport
Biodiversity credits will form part of an Australian Government-funded package of measures to offset the biodiversity impacts of construction of Stage 1 of Western Sydney Airport.
Following a formal procurement process held in 2018 the department has purchased the first round of biodiversity credits, totaling $44.15m (excl. GST), through the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.
The volume of offsets was calculated using the BioBanking Assessment Methodology (BBAM) under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (NSW) (repealed and replaced by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2017).
The following is a summary of the type and number of credits purchased via this first round of procurement:
- 2672 HN528 and HN529 credits totaling $39.58 million (excl. GST) and 254 HN526 credits totaling $4.57 million (excl. GST). HN528/529 is Cumberland Plain Woodland and HN526 is River Flat Eucalypt Forest.
It is expected that there will be further biodiversity credit purchases in 2019-20 and 2020-21.