At is Ordinary Meeting on 27 October 2021, Council adopted a refreshed version of the Environment Strategy(PDF, 5MB) drawing in emerging priorities and outlining future directions and keys action for the same themes: Climate Emergency; Biodiversity; Water; and Waste. Council will continue to publish an annual environment report based on the revised indicators included in the refreshed Environment Strategy.
Council adopted its Environment Strategy in June 2016, which provided an umbrella policy framework for its work in environmental management, and outlined key actions for the themes of Climate Change, Biodiversity, Land and Water and Resource Efficiency. An annual environment report has been produced since then, to track progress towards achieving the listed actions, and to account for changes in state legislation and policy.
Key achievements in the past five years include the development and implementation of a Climate Change Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from council operations by 25% the development of a comprehensive Biodiversity Strategy; and the development of a Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy (currently in completion). Many programs listed in these strategies have been implemented, along with related projects and new initiatives, like the Healthy Landscapes Healthy Livestock program.