Biodiversity Offset Delivery Plan
The Biodiversity Offset Delivery Plan (BODP) outlines offset measures for residual significant impacts on biodiversity of construction of Stage 1 of 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. It 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 takes into account 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
Vendors of biodiversity credits will form part of an Australian Government-funded package of measures to offset the biodiversity impacts of construction of Stage 1 of the Western Sydney Airport. The first round of Expressions of Interest closed 16 October 2018. This first round focused on existing credits or credits that will come into existence no later than the tender close date (anticipated to be around 20 November 2018). It is expected that there may be further rounds of biodiversity credit procurements.
The volume of offsets has been calculated using the BioBanking Assessment Methodology (BBAM) under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (NSW) (repealed and replaced by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2017). See listing on the OEH BioBanking Credits Wanted Register.
Credits have been sought for plant communities and species associated with Cumberland Plain Woodland. In particular:
- Up to 3600 credits of HN528 and HN529
- Up to 1300 credits of HN526
- Up to 700 credits of HN630 and HN520
- Marsdenia viridiflora subspecies viridiflora credits
- Southern Myotis (Myotis macropus) credits
- Spiked Rice-flower (Pimelea spicata) credits
Expressions of Interest are now closed. A formal procurement process is expected to be undertaken. Selected vendors will be invited to submit a tender, including a signed contract. In selecting vendors to participate in the tender process, the Department may undertake due diligence and may consider:
- the volume and type of existing credits of the relevant types that the vendor has available
- the likelihood that any credits that are not available for sale on the day the EOI is lodged will be available by the tender close date (anticipated to be 20 November 2018)
- any matters related to probity, character or reputation of the vendor that the Department considers would make it inappropriate to purchase credits from the Vendor.
The following is the indicative timetable for the procurement:
- Tender documentation issued to selected vendors on Friday, 26 October 2018.
- Tenders to be submitted by Tuesday, 20 November 2018.
- Credit purchases from successful vendors settled between December 2018 and May 2019.
The Department reserves the right to not proceed with a procurement process or to change the proposed timetable or approach.