Sunshine Coast Council
Broadening our council’s conservation estate to more than 7000 hectares by securing more than 120 hectares of extra land, proactively preparing for the impacts of environment change and being identified for our sustainable practices are simply a few of Sunshine Coast Council’s accomplishments in the 2019/20 environment and liveability progress report.
Three annual reports– The Environment and Liveability Technique Annual Report, Environment Levy Program Yearly Report and Organisational Environmental Sustainability Benchmarking Annual Report– are now available to view online.
Sunlight Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson stated that together, the reports supplied an extensive summary of council’s management and actions to protect our exceptional natural environment and make sure the area stayed a perfect location to live.
” Through the Environment and Liveability Method, our council is buying sustainability efforts, so our region stays a great location to live, work and raise a household,” Mayor Jamieson said.
” From tactical land acquisitions, to supporting our considerable neighborhood conservation collaboration programs, to delivering sustainability-focused events and the Living Smart Program, the breadth of council services that underpin our Environment and Liveability Strategy is comprehensive.
” As the Sunshine Coast population continues to grow, council is retaining and expanding our green spaces to contribute substantially to our liveability and offer space for preservation, flood management, rural production and sport and leisure opportunities.
” One of the most considerable green areas is our Blue Heart Sunshine Coast, an Australian-first task launched in July 2019 in collaboration with Unitywater and the Queensland Federal government’s Department of Environment and Science.
” Blue Heart Sunshine Coast is a region-shaping project.
” It will offer social, environmental and financial advantages, keep a focus on flood storage conservation and is responsive to the effects of an altering climate.
” We are likewise continuing to buy major sustainability and liveability efforts which benefit our locals, including our work on the ‘Our Resilient Coast. Our Future’ job to help handle the effects of seaside dangers and progressing a UNESCO Biosphere election for the Sunshine Coast.”
Environment and Liveability Portfolio Councillor Maria Suarez said these results showcased another active year for council and the community, with the Environment Levy Program a crucial financing source to support cumulative efforts to implement the Environment and Liveability Method.
” The Environment Levy Program continues to provide widespread benefits for our area’s natural environment,” Cr Suarez stated.
” Council bought conservation land, bought tasks to construct our understanding, and continued to restore land and riparian areas.
” Over the previous 4 years council has collaborated with local landholders and other stakeholders to bring back riparian locations along a 1.7 kilometre stretch of the Mary River.
” The favorable impacts of the job are already apparent with planted trees and shrubs growing and supplying environment for native types along with stabilising the formerly worn down sites.
” We definitely owe our thanks to the network of volunteers and partnership groups as they go hand-in-hand with council’s efforts to protect and preserve our natural surroundings.
” For example, lots of landholders take part in Voluntary Preservation Agreements and Land for Wildlife and receive Landholder Environment Grants to protect bushland locations under personal ownership.”
Environment and Liveability Portfolio Councillor Peter Cox said council was constantly making sustainable options and working to lower its greenhouse gas emissions and the Organisational Environmental Sustainability Benchmarking Annual Report supplied a guide to track our development.
” This year EarthCheck, the world’s leading clinical benchmarking certification and advisory group for travel and tourism, identified council’s Location 114 at Bokarina for its sustainability dedication,” Cr Cox said.
” Place 114 is council’s very first center to earn this status. By embedding sustainability and resilience outcomes into council systems and processes, facilities and facilities, and services, we are demonstrating management in this location and eagerly anticipate presenting these kinds of sustainability measures at other places where possible.
” Another outstanding sustainability initiative carried out throughout the 2019/20 financial year included repurposing old tyres to produce crumb rubber that was added into bitumen used to develop our roads.
” The crumb rubber makes asphalt more flexible, leading to enhanced versatility and road surface strength, and diverting tires from garbage dump decreases greenhouse gas emissions. A terrific outcome all round.”
To find jobs occurring in your location and to view the yearly reports head to els.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
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