Our Environment Management Strategy 2014–2017 is a key tool which provides direction and policy on natural resource management and sustainability issues.
The Environment Management Strategy 2014-2017 was adopted by Council on 28 October 2014. It guides Council planning, decision making and activities that impact on the greater Geelong environment. The strategy provides a framework to build healthy, connected communities, which are able to live in a clean environment that is respected and cared for.
This strategy was developed with a great deal of participation by the community.
It documents the condition of our environment, key challenges and opportunities and identifies actions to relieve threatening processes, protect and conserve our unique environment and promote ecologically sustainable development.
Council has adopted the principles of One Planet Living to guide our thinking and approach to sustainability. These principles outlined below provide a basis for determining where we need to be at all levels of society if we are to live sustainably into the future.
- Health and Happiness
- Equity and Local Economy
- Culture and Community
- Land Use and Wildlife
- Sustainable Water
- Local and Sustainable Food
- Sustainable Materials
- Sustainable Transport
- Zero Waste
- Zero Carbon
Our municipality encompasses a unique, diverse and beautiful environment. Whilst rich in natural wonders our environment is also highly modified and showing significant signs of the damages that have been wrought through years of unsustainable development and environmental degradation.
Bounded by Corio Bay and the Barrabool Hills, our municipality has extensive basalt plain grasslands to the north extending to the landmark peaks of the You Yangs and the Brisbane Ranges. In the southeast the undulating hills of the Bellarine Peninsula extend through to coastal dunes.
We are a municipality of contrasts with coastal, rural, urban and natural environments defining a landscape rich in diversity, including many rare and unique native flora and fauna communities.
History of the Environmental Management Strategy
We adopted our first Environmental Management Strategy (EMS) in February 1999 with a subsequent strategy being endorsed in 2006.
Extensive community consultation was undertaken as part of the development of the current strategy. Over 11,000 comments provided the basis of the strategy.
The Environment Management Strategy 2014-2017 includes the key drivers of Geelong environment future including climate change, population, lifestyles and economic model. It provides a strategic framework for our planning and decision making, monitoring of actions and reporting on these.
The Strategy sets strategic priorities and a broad range of actions to achieve these. The Strategic priorities are:
- Council Leadership
- Enhance Natural Areas and Ecosystem Health
- Sustainable Urban and Rural Development
- Greener Economy
- Sustainable Living
The Strategy provides baseline figures against which identified targets will be measured against.
You can obtain a hard copy the Environment Management Strategy 2014-2017 from Councils Environment department.