Environment and Climate Change

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Help us protect our beautiful environment and create a more sustainable Shire! Share your ideas and help shape a new Environment and Climate Change Strategy!

Following the Climate Emergency Declaration that was made in 2020, Wingecarribee Shire Council is developing an Environment and Climate Change Strategy that will create a shared reference for working together to protect our unique environment and respond to the complex challenges of climate change.

The Strategy will set long term direction and specific action for improving the health of our local waterways, enhancing air quality, minimising waste, protecting our native flora and fauna, and building our resilience and sustainability through renewable energy. The Strategy will also look at ways for dealing with the impacts of climate change and manage risks of natural hazards such as bushfires, floods, and drought.

Everyone has a role to play and Council is keen to collaborate closely with the community, key stakeholders, environment groups, local businesses, and all levels of government to bring to life the community’s aspirations of being leaders in sustainable living and making sure our special rural landscapes and natural environments are productive and protected for generations to come.



For further information use the Ask a question tool below or contact Cecilia Kemp, Coordinator Sustainability Services, on 02 48680888.


Help us protect our beautiful environment and create a more sustainable Shire! Share your ideas and help shape a new Environment and Climate Change Strategy!

Following the Climate Emergency Declaration that was made in 2020, Wingecarribee Shire Council is developing an Environment and Climate Change Strategy that will create a shared reference for working together to protect our unique environment and respond to the complex challenges of climate change.

The Strategy will set long term direction and specific action for improving the health of our local waterways, enhancing air quality, minimising waste, protecting our native flora and fauna, and building our resilience and sustainability through renewable energy. The Strategy will also look at ways for dealing with the impacts of climate change and manage risks of natural hazards such as bushfires, floods, and drought.

Everyone has a role to play and Council is keen to collaborate closely with the community, key stakeholders, environment groups, local businesses, and all levels of government to bring to life the community’s aspirations of being leaders in sustainable living and making sure our special rural landscapes and natural environments are productive and protected for generations to come.



For further information use the Ask a question tool below or contact Cecilia Kemp, Coordinator Sustainability Services, on 02 48680888.


  • How was the initial consultation?

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  • We're in draft mode

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    Thank you for your interest in the development of our Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

    The response and quality of contributions has been outstanding and clearly demonstrates the importance - and urgency - of this topic to the Wingecarribee community.

    So far we have heard from more than five hundred people through a combination of online and face to face workshops and pop-up events across the Shire as well as a comprehensive online survey.

    This rich and detailed material will now help inform the draft Strategy and identify local actions that reflect the community's aspirations and priorities.


    What we've been hearing - emerging themes from the community:

    • The rich natural beauty and abundance of wildlife (biodiversity) is unique to the area and needs to be protected or enhanced
    • The natural environment also matters to people's sense of identity, place and belonging
    • Wingecarribee has incredible potential for generating renewable energy at a large enough scale to make a real difference to emissions reductions - young people envisaged a carbon positive (not just carbon neutral) green economy, able to export energy
    • There is a great opportunity to attract and leverage ''green business'' to the region, supporting a growing and innovative jobs market and retaining young people to the area
    • We need to protect Wingecarribee's agriculture - making it a more viable industry and hereby also contributing to food security
    • Future growth should preserve the character of both natural and urban environments, and be developed sustainably
    • Moving toward zero waste and increased recycling was a core concern for many


    Next steps

    Our consultants are busy collating all of the information gathered and will be preparing a draft Strategy in conjunction with Council staff. The draft will then be placed on public exhibition for the community to provide further input.

    The draft Strategy is expected to be made available for public comment in June 2021.

    Stay informed

    This project page will be updated as development of the draft Strategy progresses but we will also be providing regular updates via email. You can subscribe to these here.

  • GET INVOLVED

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    Understanding what our community values and building a shared vision is an important part of creating a strategy that we can all help deliver.

    You're invited to:

    • Complete a short survey by 9am Monday 8 February 2021 and enter into the draw to win one of three $50 giftcards!
    • Join in on one of the topics in the Discussion Forum
    • Take part in our Online Interactive Workshop on Thursday 4 February. Reserve your spot here.
    • Join us for our Youth Workshop, for people aged 12-24, on Tuesday 2 February. Register here to attend.


    Stop in at one of our pop-up sessions to find out more and have your say:
    Tuesday, 2nd February

    • 9.30am - 10.30am Bundanoon shops
    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Moss Vale newsagent/ post office
    • 1:00pm to 2:00pm Berrima Shops

    Wednesday, 3rd February

    • 9:00am to 10:00am Woolworths Bowral (still TBC - monitor website for updates.)
    • 11:00am to 12:00pm Highlands Market place
    • 12.00pm - 1:00pm Hill Top post office


    There will be more opportunities to be involved down the track. Stay in touch via this webpage or subscribe to project updates (right column).


    For further information use the Ask a question tool below or contact Cecilia Kemp, Coordinator Sustainability Services, on 02 48680888.