Effective environmental management

We will show leadership to address waste, climate change and environmental challenges.

Key priorities

  • Reduce our carbon footprint through the use of solar initiatives and other renewable energy options.
  • Educating and assisting our community to act on climate change, by reducing waste, emissions and water usage.
  • Using sustainable materials to construct and renew roads, footpaths and street furniture.
  • Progressively changing standard street lights to LED lights, to help reduce carbon emissions.
  • Commencing Drysdale landfill rehabilitation.
  • Constructing a green organics facility.
  • Planting more trees to green and cool our urban areas.
  • Reducing single-use plastic across the region.
  • Managing pest plants and animals more effectively.

Our aims in 2018-19

  • Identify ‘waste-to-energy’ options for our region.
  • Trial a hard waste collection service.
  • Renew the Environment Management Strategy.
  • Continue to improve environmental management services.
  • Continue to invest in the community Environment and Sustainability grants program.
  • Investigate options to achieve zero waste to landfill and support the community to do likewise.
  • Continue to embed One Planet Living principles across the organisation.
  • Protect and rehabilitate our beaches, waterways and conservation reserves.

Measures of success

  • 60 per cent of garbage, recyclables and green organics collected from kerbside bins diverted from landfill.
  • Emissions reduced from street lights, buildings and vehicle fleet by 50 per cent, by 2020.
  • Increased use of sustainable material in our asset construction and renewal.
  • 16 per cent suburban tree canopy.
  • More than 1,850 street trees planted per annum.

Page last updated: Monday, 1 July 2019