The Biodiversity Recovery Plan for Gatton and Laidley Shires, South-East Queensland 2003-2008 takes a multi-species recovery planning approach, addressing the conservation and recovery of all known significant species and ecological communities within the defined local government areas of Gatton and Laidley Shires in South East Queensland. The approach taken in this Recovery Plan can facilitate the more effective application of the precautionary principle in biodiversity conservation.
I developed the Recovery Plan as an outcome of the Gatton Shire Biodiversity Strategy. Notable aspects of both the Gatton Shire Biodiversity Strategy and the Biodiversity Recovery Plan for Gatton and Laidley Shires are their linkages to local government planning, as shown in the Biodiversity Code and Policy in the Gatton Planning Scheme (below) and in the paper ‘Managing Biodiversity Through the Gatton Shire IPA Planning Scheme’ on pages 125-130 of the 2001 Southern Queensland Biodiversity Recovery Conference Proceedings. Gatton and Laidley Shire Councils have since been amalgamated to form the Lockyer Valley Regional Council.