The Cumberland Plain region of Western Sydney is one of the city’s major growth areas and its population is set to almost double by the year 2056. With more housing, businesses and transport infrastructure being built to accommodate this growth, conserving the area’s native plants and animals, and providing ample green space has become critical for maintaining a thriving, liveable region.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment commissioned Editor Group to help produce its highly detailed Draft Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan. The plan sets out the department’s actions and commitments to maintain biodiversity in the region ‒ including protecting threatened plant species and the local koala population. It shows the community, businesses and other interested organisations how conservation measures will evolve with their input over the coming decades.
We edited and proofread the 75,000-word plan, along with supporting fact sheets, FAQs and research from community engagement activities. As well as the usual checks on grammar and punctuation, we applied plain English principles to ensure the text was concise and easy to read.
Our editors and proofreaders made sure references, statistics and other technical information were consistent across body copy, tables, maps and infographics. They adhered strictly to the department’s preferred style, and as they edited, they created a style sheet of scientific and technical terms specific to the plan. This helped build familiarity with the often complex content, making sure the final version of the plan was of the highest quality.