Sustainability at Council

1. Overview

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We are committed to making the region a sustainable place to live, work and play. While we play an important role in promoting and facilitating sound environmental practice in the community - we also take an equally significant leadership role in demonstrating sustainable practice in our operations and decision-making.

At our December 2018 meeting we referred the new Sustainability Policy to our Environmental Advisory Committee for comment. This policy outlines our aims and commitments towards progressing sustainability in our operations and practices. We have an internal sustainability Action Squad which is responsible for the integration of sustainability outcomes into our planning and decision making process.

What are we doing to make Council sustainable?

  • energy audits and implement recommended improvements
  • investing in renewable energy by installing solar panels across council buildings and facilities
  • use Planet Footprint for the collection and collation of our energy, fuel, and water cost and consumption data in order to investigate improvements
  • We also play a crucial role in conserving platypus in the Queanbeyan River
  • Clean Up Australia Day events are held each year with participation from Council and community groups
  • Worm farms have also been installed to reduce internal organic waste generation.
  • We are developing an integrated transport plan that incorporates a bicycle plan and pedestrian and mobility plan
  • Sustainability processes are incorporated into Council building processes
  • we have implemented an education project to facilitate a greater uptake of sustainable building at the new town of Googong
  • events are conducted under a Sustainable Events Management Policy
  • Community Environmental Expos are held at our local agricultural shows
  • Schools environmental education is provided by NSW Enviromentors, Bournda and our staff to all primary schools across our region

2. How can you help?

You can make many simple changes in everyday life to reduce your carbon footprint and have an immediate positive impact on the environment, your lifestyle, the community and your finances. We've included some useful links below: