Coastal Open Space System champions sought

Mayor Jane Smith is calling on residents to become COSS Champions

Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith, is calling on residents to join Council in protecting the Coast’s natural environment by becoming a Coastal Open Space System (COSS) Champion.
Over 70 have already signed up to be champions at the inaugural Strom Talk held on World Environment Day at the Greenway Chapel in Green Point.
Smith said Council had recently resolved to reaffirm its commitment to protect and improve the biodiversity and environmental values of COSS lands on the Central Coast.
“COSS Champions will continue the legacy of Beryl and Allen Strom, and many others, who fought to protect vital conservation areas on the Central Coast and across the state.
“We have national parks and the COSS system because of the efforts of our community, and we need more champions just like them.
“If you stand in most places in the former Gosford Local Government Area (LGA), the southern part of the LGA, and look up to the ridges of the hills, you see vegetation.
“That is unique and, more importantly, that is COSS.
“No other LGA in NSW has a reserve system like it.
“That is why we need Council and the community working together to ensure its protection and expansion.”
COSS was established by the former Gosford Council in 1984.
It is a network of reserves supporting native vegetation and managed by Council for a number of environmental and community values.
The primary purpose is to maintain areas of native vegetation and habitat for native animals on public land.
During the Ordinary Meeting on May 27, Council reaffirmed its commitment to the COSS and the objective of protecting and improving biodiversity and environmental values of COSS lands and other land within the Central Coast LGA.

Source:
Media release, Jun 13
Central Coast Council Media

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