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2 Living Mosman State of the Environment Report 2011–12

The Mosman Local Government Area Mosman is a harbourside suburb located on Sydney’s lower North Shore. It is bordered by Middle Harbour, Sydney Harbour and Port Jackson. The Mosman Local Government Area (LGA) is approximately 8.52 square kilometres and is home to approximately 29,414 people. Mosman Council forms part of the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC), which also includes Manly, Warringah and Pittwater.

The Mosman Environment Mosman has a rich and unique environment with a range of bushland, beaches, wildlife and coastal areas. The dominant vegetation communities in Mosman are Regrowth Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest and Coastal Sandstone Heath. Mosman has 430 identified species of flora, including 3 threatened flora species and 221 identified species of fauna, including 4 threatened fauna species. Mosman is almost entirely surrounded by water, with 90 percent of the suburb bordered by Sydney Harbour. There are 28 sub-catchments within the LGA due to its irregular and steep topography. Mosman’s beaches provide important habitat for aquatic and intertidal organisms. Chinamans Beach contains the last remaining natural dune system associated with a beach in Sydney Harbour. The beach is cleaned manually to minimise disturbance to wrack and to help maintain biodiversity and ecological processes. Chowder Bay contains one of the few remaining seagrass areas in Sydney Harbour. It is home to an array of amazing creatures including the Striped Anglerfish, Horned Cowfish, Potbellied Seahorse, Robust Ghost Pipefish and Port Jackson Shark.

There are a rich array of heritage items within the suburb with 105 Aboriginal heritage sites, 485 non-aboriginal heritage items and 13 heritage conservation areas. Evidence of Aboriginal occupation can be found right across the municipality from the shell middens around Mosman’s foreshore to its many rock engravings which feature whales, fish, kangaroos and ancestral beings.

State of the Environment Reporting A State of the Environment Report (SOE) provides a snapshot of the condition of the environment, pressures impacting on the environment and the Council’s response to these pressures. Section 428A of the Local Government Act 1993 provides that a Council must produce an SOE Report in the year in which an ordinary election of Councillors is held. The SOE Report closely aligns with the environmental objectives set out in Council’s Strategic Plan, MOSPLAN. It includes environmental indicators established in MOSPLAN and outlines the strategies and actions Council has taken to protect and enhance our unique environment.

Edwards Beach

Key Focus Areas The SOE Report focuses on seven key areas identified in MOSPLAN: Water Cycle




• water quality

• plants

• recycling

• cycling

• air pollution

• water consumption

• animals

• waste generation

•p  edestrian facilities

• greenhouse gas emissions

• stormwater

•m  icroorganisms

• total catchment management

• t errestrial, inter-tidal and aquatic habitat

• illegal dumping

•p  ublic transport

• littering

• car sharing

Climate Change & Air Quality

• responding and adapting to climate change

• t hreatened species and communities

Planning, Built Environment & Heritage

Engagement & Education for Sustainability

• development applications

• environmental workshops

• population

• c ommunity attitudes

•A  boriginal and nonAboriginal heritage

• education campaigns • environmental events • environmental programs

State of the Environment Report 2011/12  

The State of the Environment report gives an insight into all aspects of the natural and cultural environment in Mosman and its region: the...