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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.


  • CLOSED: This survey concluded on 8 February 2021.

    The recent bushfires, drought and floods have had a tremendous impact on the community, making it clear that we need to work together to tackle climate change and protect our beautiful environment. 

    By filling in this short survey, you can help shape Council’s Environment and Climate Change Strategy - and enter into the draw to win one of three $50 gift cards!(Conditions of entry)

    We are in the early stages of the project and your insights will directly inform the development of the Strategy. 


    This survey will close at 9am on Monday 8 February 2021.

    If you prefer, you can download a copy of this survey here and deliver it to Wingecarribee Shire Council via the Civic Centre at 68 Elizabeth Street, Moss Vale or post to PO Box 141, Moss Vale NSW 2577.

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