Council to consider Environment Strategy action plan

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Greater Bendigo City Council will next week consider adopting an action plan to help implement the Greater Bendigo Environment Strategy.

Adopted in 2016, the strategy uses the One Planet Living Framework and includes a wide variety of actions.

Regional Sustainable Development Manager Trevor Budge said the organisation had already made good progress against some of the priorities listed in the strategy.

“We have installed more than 130kW of solar PV on Council buildings, installed electric vehicle charging points in three locations, and begun trialling solar technology to reduce blue-green algae in Kennington Reservoir,” Mr Budge said.

“Council has adopted a Sustainable Buildings Policy which strengthens its commitment to sustainable building practices and has begun trialling free sustainable design assessments on selected planning applications.

“We have installed Cycleport (universal bike sharing and docking system) infrastructure at our Lyttleton Terrace office building and are increasing the number of electric bikes and vehicles in our fleet to reduce our reliance on petrol vehicles.

“It’s a great start, but adopting this action plan will ensure the items in the strategy are embedded into everything we do and aligned with the Community Plan.

“It’s important that we continue to prioritise our commitments to becoming more sustainable in a number of areas of our business and in the wider community.”

Council will also consider making the Take2 pledge (a Victorian Government initiative which pledges commitment to addressing climate change) as well as formally joining the BioRegional Australia’s One Planet Program and working towards accreditation as a One Planet Council.

For more information on the One Planet Program, go to bioregional.com.au

 

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