Environmental sustainability in Cardinia Shire
Our unique approach to environmental policy
Traditionally, environmental policy at local government level is developed in isolation from other local government policies, plans and strategies.
We are taking a more global view by recognising that our unique natural environment influences our communities in many ways, building a sense of place and belonging, contributing to our economic development, and affecting our health and wellbeing.
Similarly, we recognise that our action, and those of the community, have an influence on our environment. We want to make that influence as positive as possible. For this reason, the Sustainable Environment Policy 2018–28 has been developed to demonstrate our commitment to protecting and enhancing our natural environment so that we may continue to enjoy this wonderful place to live and work, and that those who come after us have the same opportunities.
Sustainable Environment Policy
The policy focuses on the areas of:
- climate change
We adopted the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy in 2019 following extensive community consultation. The strategy aims to guide long-term strategic direction and efforts to preserve the natural habitats and wide variety of plant and animal life within Cardinia Shire. It also provides a framework for both private and public land managers, and identifies key opportunities for council to work in partnership with the community to protect the natural environment from a variety of issues.
We adopted the Weed Management Strategy in 2019, following extensive community consultation. The strategy aims to reduce weed infestations across Cardinia Shire, which threaten agriculture, human health and the environment including bushland areas, roadsides and waterways. It emphasises that council, community and organisations must work collectively to manage weeds across all land regardless of ownership.
We adopted the Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy in 2017. This strategy is a roadmap for the future direction and actions of Council’s waste and resource recovery services, waste related education and advocacy activities.
We adopted the Integrated Water Management Plan in 2015. The plan aims to deliver a framework that will guide Council towards a more sustainable integrated approach to water management over a 10-year period.
We adopted the Aspirational Energy Transition Plan in 2014. This plan has the aspirational target of achieving zero net emissions for Council operations and a 36% reduction in community emissions on a per capita basis by 2024.