Colac Otway Shire Council adopted two important environmental documents at its October meeting, providing a roadmap for strengthening the environment and adapting to a changing climate over the next 10 years.
The Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS) 2023-2033 and Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) 2023-2033 have been developed in partnership with communities, businesses, stakeholders and institutions across the Shire.
Mayor Chris Potter said the document was vital in guiding protection and enhancement activities that will benefit the local environment over the next decade.
“We are lucky to live where we do. We are all passionate about protecting our local environment. We all have a role to play in mitigating the effects of climate change. ,” Cr Potter said.
“Our community has a strong interest in tackling climate change and protecting the environment, and this was a clear message built into our council plan and vision.
He said: “I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the development of the priorities in these documents and thank the council staff who have worked so hard to get us to this point.”
“Through extensive consultation, passionate individuals and groups have helped shape the response to critical environmental issues. Several ambitious projects have been identified and are designed to make a difference. There are some simple things we can all do to help,” Cr Potter said.
He said: “The council has received a high level of feedback through the public exhibition process and this feedback has contributed to many improvements to the final document.”
The Environmental Sustainability Strategy is designed to enable councils to take appropriate steps to protect and enhance the environment, mitigate and adapt to a changing climate, and support building resilient and sustainable communities. Masu.
The Climate Change Action Plan outlines proposed actions aimed at mitigating and responding to the impacts of climate change, with a focus on preventing and minimizing the effects of climate change. CCAP includes a range of measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including energy efficiency and renewable energy, waste reduction and recycling, and sustainable transport.
CCAP also includes initiatives aimed at building resilience to the impacts of climate change, such as emergency management planning, land use planning reform, urban greening, and biodiversity conservation programs. Additionally, about activities to support engagement and education aimed at raising awareness about climate change, promoting sustainable living, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and encouraging community action. Outlined.
“The final document will guide our environmental efforts and the council’s operations to ensure we enhance and protect the environment in ongoing partnership with local communities,” Cr Potter said.
ESS and CCAP documents can be viewed on the Council’s website: www.colacotway.vic.gov.au
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