That Canberra and the ACT Capital Region promote appreciation, understanding, and research of Australian native plants in their natural habitats and in gardens and public landscapes.
- ANPS should foster understanding, education and research into the plants of its region.
- Conservation can take the form of advocacy, education, research, and/or on-ground work.
- Areas of remnant vegetation need special protection and best management. Such areas may include national parks, nature parks, flora and fauna reserves, open public space, private lands, and road verges.
- Special attention should be paid to plants and ecosystems/vegetation communities that are listed as threatened, or that are otherwise considered as rare, uncommon or declining.
- Conservation effort should be based on good science that is well-researched and objective, and should respect the views and values of all.
- The home garden, as well as street and open space plantings, can be made into opportunities to learn about the values of Australian plants and habitat. In particular, these can be the focus of plantings of flora of the local region.
- Weeds and other threats to biodiversity need special attention while efforts to encourage natural regeneration, scientifically-based revegetation, and best practice management need support.
- ANPS may work with like minded groups for mutual and/or complementary goals.
- ANPS should have well-considered education programs targeted at its members, members of other groups and stakeholders, and the larger community.
1. In order to foster the objectives outlined above Council may appoint a Conservation Officer. The Conservation Officer, who should be a member of Council, should convene the Conservation Group, under the direction of Council.
The Conservation Group should seek endorsement from Council of its specific strategies on an annual basis. These should be consistent with the above policies and aims of ANPS.
- In undertaking its work, the Group should take into account relevant recent publications, including the Planning Framework for Natural Ecosystems of the ACT and NSW Southern Tablelands and the Woodlands and Grasslands Strategies.
- The Conservation Group should seek endorsement of Council for any major submission it may wish to make. The Conservation Officer should consult the President whether the matter should go to Council. Where the latter is the case, the President should sign on behalf of ANPS, in other cases, the Conservation Officer should sign.
2. ANPS may communicate with government and other groups the skills and expertise its members have to offer.
3. ANPS should continue its range of activities to a high standard (plants sales, monthly talks and workshops, publications, Wednesday Walkers).
4. Where appropriate, and at the discretion of Council, ANPS may make submissions to government, or otherwise influence public policy, on matters that further its policy objectives.
5. ANPS may publish in its publications and elsewhere regular material explaining various aspects of conservation.