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Environment & Climate Change Strategy - Update

The results from the public consultation have been presented to the Executive team as well as the Environment & Sustainability Committee and Climate Change Advisory Panel. Over 550 people participated in the community consultation and it was such a pleasure to work together with all of you whom we met in person.

The data gathered will inform the next phase of the strategy development which is the internal stakeholder consultation.

These internal workshop will help develop commitments from all parts of Council to reduce Council's environmental impact, as well as support the community in reducing yours.

Despite the tumultuous year that has been we still anticipate having the strategy finished by early next financial year.


Delivery Plan

Once a Strategy is developed the visions therein inform PLANS.

Wingecarribee Shire Council already has a number of environmental plans, such as the Climate Change Adaptation Plan, which will be tweaked and listed under the Strategy. We are however also developing a few more plans.

The first one is the Greenhouse Gas Reduction plan. This Plan will be the roadmap laying out the path for Council operations to reach the environmental targets committed to in the Strategy.

It will also identify what the most effective ways are for Council to support the community in reducing their emissions.

A separate plan will be developed as a community guide - currently titled the Community Net Zero Plan. We anticipate that this plan will be developed late 2021.


What is WSC doing already?

Southern Highlands Local Business Awards

The Environment Levy and Wingecarribee Shire Council are again sponsoring the Southern Highlands Local Business Awards category Environmental Sustainability Award.

This award aims to recognise the achievements of local business that apply and promote sustainable practices that contribute to an economic and environmental balance in our region.

Sustainability encompasses a broad range of management practices that influence the balance between how we value our resources and manage the by-products of business operations. By increasing the sustainability of business operations, businesses and the community can benefit from improved resource efficiencies, cost reductions, improved capacity, and improved customer satisfaction.

Local businesses nominating for this award must demonstrate the integration of sustainable business practices into their everyday operations.

Please contact chris@precedent.net for more information.


Local Heroes video project

A cornerstone to behaviours change philosophy is the normalising of actions. The results from the Strategy consultation suggests that many people in the Shire are not aware of the wonderful work being done by others.

The Local Heroes project was born from this opportunity to showcase the little and big things being done in the Shire to reduce our impacts on the environment.

So, who is your local sustainability hero? Who will inspire others? We are looking for the Sweater Brigade who'd rather wear their knits than turn on the heat, the food growers, the compost sharers, the resource collaborators and the mom-and-pop shop doing the right thing by having got rid of plastic bags.

Please drop us a line on sustainabilityservices@wsc.nsw.gov.au with your nominations.


Monthly Green Drinks - A reminder

Those Green @ Heart, come join us tomorrow from 17:30 at Eden Brewery, Mittagong

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/.../southern-highlands...


Speaker this month

Jonathan Jutsen, Chief Executive Officer, RACE for 2030

Jon is the CEO of the RACE for 2030 CRC, leading the establishment of the Cooperative Research Centre, addressing the energy and carbon transition, focusing on the customers - energy end users and value chains. We are passionate about facilitating change to deliver reduced energy costs, together more reliable energy services that are decarbonised.

RACE for 2030 involves $153M cash commitments including $68.5M from the Commonwealth government, and about $350M total commitments over 10 years from the whole energy value chain - from energy users and industry associations, to energy retailers, distributors, technology companies, governments, researchers and other key stakeholders.




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.


Environment & Climate Change Strategy - Update

The results from the public consultation have been presented to the Executive team as well as the Environment & Sustainability Committee and Climate Change Advisory Panel. Over 550 people participated in the community consultation and it was such a pleasure to work together with all of you whom we met in person.

The data gathered will inform the next phase of the strategy development which is the internal stakeholder consultation.

These internal workshop will help develop commitments from all parts of Council to reduce Council's environmental impact, as well as support the community in reducing yours.

Despite the tumultuous year that has been we still anticipate having the strategy finished by early next financial year.


Delivery Plan

Once a Strategy is developed the visions therein inform PLANS.

Wingecarribee Shire Council already has a number of environmental plans, such as the Climate Change Adaptation Plan, which will be tweaked and listed under the Strategy. We are however also developing a few more plans.

The first one is the Greenhouse Gas Reduction plan. This Plan will be the roadmap laying out the path for Council operations to reach the environmental targets committed to in the Strategy.

It will also identify what the most effective ways are for Council to support the community in reducing their emissions.

A separate plan will be developed as a community guide - currently titled the Community Net Zero Plan. We anticipate that this plan will be developed late 2021.


What is WSC doing already?

Southern Highlands Local Business Awards

The Environment Levy and Wingecarribee Shire Council are again sponsoring the Southern Highlands Local Business Awards category Environmental Sustainability Award.

This award aims to recognise the achievements of local business that apply and promote sustainable practices that contribute to an economic and environmental balance in our region.

Sustainability encompasses a broad range of management practices that influence the balance between how we value our resources and manage the by-products of business operations. By increasing the sustainability of business operations, businesses and the community can benefit from improved resource efficiencies, cost reductions, improved capacity, and improved customer satisfaction.

Local businesses nominating for this award must demonstrate the integration of sustainable business practices into their everyday operations.

Please contact chris@precedent.net for more information.


Local Heroes video project

A cornerstone to behaviours change philosophy is the normalising of actions. The results from the Strategy consultation suggests that many people in the Shire are not aware of the wonderful work being done by others.

The Local Heroes project was born from this opportunity to showcase the little and big things being done in the Shire to reduce our impacts on the environment.

So, who is your local sustainability hero? Who will inspire others? We are looking for the Sweater Brigade who'd rather wear their knits than turn on the heat, the food growers, the compost sharers, the resource collaborators and the mom-and-pop shop doing the right thing by having got rid of plastic bags.

Please drop us a line on sustainabilityservices@wsc.nsw.gov.au with your nominations.


Monthly Green Drinks - A reminder

Those Green @ Heart, come join us tomorrow from 17:30 at Eden Brewery, Mittagong

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/.../southern-highlands...


Speaker this month

Jonathan Jutsen, Chief Executive Officer, RACE for 2030

Jon is the CEO of the RACE for 2030 CRC, leading the establishment of the Cooperative Research Centre, addressing the energy and carbon transition, focusing on the customers - energy end users and value chains. We are passionate about facilitating change to deliver reduced energy costs, together more reliable energy services that are decarbonised.

RACE for 2030 involves $153M cash commitments including $68.5M from the Commonwealth government, and about $350M total commitments over 10 years from the whole energy value chain - from energy users and industry associations, to energy retailers, distributors, technology companies, governments, researchers and other key stakeholders.




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.


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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.

Page last updated: 06 May 2021, 13:31