The City is seeking community views on
how we can enhance Greater Geelong’s natural assets and reduce our impacts on
We want to hear your ideas about where
we should focus our environmental efforts for the next three years.
To gain your input, we are hosting a
community drop-in session on Monday 2 September at the Geelong Library and
Heritage Centre in Little Malop Street.
You can drop in any time between 4pm and
7pm to share your views and learn more about the review of our Environment Management
Strategy and One Planet Living framework.
The Environment Management Strategy 2014-2017 has provided direction and policy on natural resource management and
It contains detailed actions and targets
for areas such as biodiversity, waste, greenhouse gas emissions, water and
climate change adaptation.
Since the adoption of the Strategy, the
City has undertaken an extensive range of actions to improve our local
Highlights of this program include:
- The installation of nearly 1MW worth of solar systems,
including arrays on City buildings such as Corio Depot, Splashdown and
National Wool Museum;
- The adoption of the Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy,
which will help us reduce greenhouse emissions and reduce energy costs;
- The introduction of a minimum 5-star standard for all
new large buildings; and
- The new Urban Forest Strategy, which aims to improve
Geelong’s tree canopy cover from 14 per cent to 25 per cent over 30 years.
There have been
multiple actions to protect and enhance our coasts, waterways and natural
spaces, such as:
- The completion of the Hooded Plover Conservation Plan
- The inaugural Geelong Nature Forum, which was held this
year in partnership with Geelong Field Naturalists Club; and
- The award-winning Ramblers Road shellfish reef, which is designed to
reduce wave energy and erosion.
City Services Acting
Director Rod Thomas
plain grasslands to coastal dunes, we have a richly diverse landscape with
distinctive flora and fauna.
A healthy and
accessible natural environment is one of our region’s strengths and it is vital
that we do all we can to conserve and enhance it. As we look to
make further progress, we want to learn more about the community’s
environmental priorities, opportunities and challenges.
together, we can respect and care for our unique environment to enable us to
live sustainably into the future.