We are taking large and small actions within Council and out in the community, to work towards a sustainable future and the environment has been recognised as a key strategic area to achieve our visions for the Wellington Shire.
Council first adopted a local Environmental Sustainability Strategy Priority Statement in March 2010 as a requirement of signing up to the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord in 2009 and followed with our first targeted strategy in 2011.
In March 2020 we endorsed the Sustainability Strategy 2020-24 which sets out our priorities and proposed actions for the next four years. It is centred around 5 key themes:
We are accelerating our actions and for the first time have included an emissions reduction target and a program to improve climate adaptation of our infrastructure and services.
Council is investing in the installation of around 400kw of solar between 2021-2025 to reduce Council's carbon emissions.
Wellington is commencing its transition to electric and hybrid vehicle technology. The Urban Paths Plan supports our goals to increase environmentally friendly active travel and connectivity.
Visit the Water Management page to learn more about creating sustainable water systems for our towns.
We are currently developing our Urban Forest Plan and Significant Tree Register. We look forward to showcasing this in the near future.
We are currently developing our Waste Strategic Directions which will help guide us into the future of the circular economy. Council will be implementing a Food Organics Green Organics bin and will be supporting the state governments implementation of a Container Deposit Scheme in line with Recycling Victoria: A new Economy.
We are pleased to present Council’s annual sustainability report below. The report documents the progress and highlights made as we continue our journey to be a leader in sustainability. The report addresses the key themes in the Sustainability Strategy, however please note that the actions delivered may have progressed since publication. Correct as at 31 July 2021.
Council has strategic partnerships that assist with our sustainable directions. These include: