UNE aims at best practice and continual improvement in teaching, research, research training, research impact and outreach, reflected in and through a commitment to a living campus based on the principles and practices of biodiversity conservation, education, learning, knowledge, aesthetics and sustainability.
Landscape Advisory Committee
In 2018 UNE established a Landscape Advisory Committee inclusive of staff, students and external representatives to set strategic directions for the landscape management. The Facilities Management Services team work closely with the consultative group to manage day to day maintenance of the grounds, seek advice on best practice management processes and plan future planting and maintenance programs.
Landscape Management Plan
The Landscape Management Plan (LMP) is in the process of being updated by a team of UNE experts led by Professor Jeremy Bruhl, Director of the NCW Beadle Herbarium and Convenor of Botany in the School of Environmental and Rural Sciences. The team also includes specialists in areas including Aboriginal culture, ecology, heritage, geography and urban planning, The core purposes and functions of the LMP aim to:
- Protect Indigenous flora, fauna and archaeological history;
- Preserve Aboriginal cultural artefacts and areas of significance;
- Protect heritage plantings of trees and shrubs;
- Establish a campus-wide botanical gardens that integrates with teaching and research;
- Provide students and staff pleasure, protection, and facilitate learning and research;
- Communicate widely (including students and staff) regarding information on the best-practice management of remnant woodlands at UNE; and
- Provide visitors and collaborators welcome, enjoyment and enrichment.
Not-for-profit community groups
The University will continue to engage external stakeholders for majority revegetation activities associated with UNE’s Landscape Management requirements. These groups will include:
- Armidale Tree Group (ATG, a native plant nursery) for appropriate species selection;
- Armidale Urban Rivercare Group (AURG) for the coordination of planting activities.
These groups are not-for-profit organisations coordinated by the Southern New England Landcare Coordinating Committee (SNELCC) which is the not-for-profit organisation responsible for the administration and public liability of ATG and AURG. SNELCC has the capability to access a range of information relating to effective planting methods including planning, ground and site preparation, planting and ongoing maintenance work plans. The University may rely on these groups for the advice, coordination and successful completion of landscape management projects.
The University continues to allow existing opportunities for community involvement in landscape management within the campus. This would entail around research programs by staff and student large volunteer workforce comprising local community members and the University students who have the potential to:
- Increase the numbers of people involved in landscape management on campus;
- Increase links between landscape management and research/teaching activities;
- Foster a greater sense of community within the campus through greater environmental awareness and interaction with the environment;
- Improve environmental sustainability; and
- Showcase the ‘New England bushland campus’ to prospective students and staff, as well as the wider community, to generate a greater appreciation of the natural values of the campus.
Koala Management Plan
Given that the University habitat is contiguous with Koala populations, the University has developed Koala Management Plan with the purpose of protecting Koala populations across their current range.