Sustainability programs implemented by Council include the Cities for Cleaner Climate Protection program, Waterwise program, and developing a corporate environmental management system.
In general, Council also supports many community groups undertaking recycling and composting projects, sediment and erosion control and streambank rehabilitation projects, projects which increase and protect biodiversity and projects which reduce green house gasses or energy consumption.
If you or your community group are interested in learning about projects or programs that are currently happening in the region or would like to start your own, please contact the Environmental Services branch on (07) 5540 5111.
Making a commitment to reducing greenhouse gases in October 2003, Council joined the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) program, an initiative of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).
Currently 218 local governments in Australia have joined this global campaign to reduce emissions that cause global warming and air pollution. CCP will help Council demonstrate to residents, local businesses and stakeholders that effective greenhouse management makes good environmental and economical sense.
CCP requires participating local governments to complete a five milestone framework:
- Establish a baseline year and a forecast year for both the Corporate and Community sectors;
- Set an emissions reduction goal for each sector;
- Develop and adopt an emissions reduction strategy – the Local Action Plan;
- Implement the Local Action Plan; and
- Monitor and report on the implementation of the Local Action Plan.
Council has achieved a number of milestone in the program, including the development of the Local Action Plan. The Local Action Plan sets out existing greenhouse reduction actions that Council is undertaking, and describes the actions that Council are keen to adopt in the future. Actions that Council is already implementing include:
- Timers on the administration building lights and air-conditioning that enable these to automatically switch off out of business hours;
- Purchasing GreenPower for the administration building;
- Installing waterless urinals in the administration building;
- Recycling of paper in Council buildings and throughout the Shire;
- Turning green waste into mulch;
- Giving away over 5,000 trees per annum to residential ratepayers; and
- Supporting community projects that aim to educate and assist households to reduce their energy consumption.
The Cities for Cleaner Climate Protection is a registered program.