Nature calls for environmental action

Monday, 12 August 2019

The City is seeking community views on how we can enhance Greater Geelong’s natural assets and reduce our impacts on the environment.

We want to hear your ideas about where we should focus our environmental efforts for the next three years.

To gain your input, we are hosting a community drop-in session on Monday 2 September at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre in Little Malop Street.

You can drop in any time between 4pm and 7pm to share your views and learn more about the review of our Environment Management Strategy and One Planet Living framework.

The Environment Management Strategy 2014-2017 has provided direction and policy on natural resource management and sustainability issues.

It contains detailed actions and targets for areas such as biodiversity, waste, greenhouse gas emissions, water and climate change adaptation.

Since the adoption of the Strategy, the City has undertaken an extensive range of actions to improve our local environment.

Highlights of this program include:

  • The installation of nearly 1MW worth of solar systems, including arrays on City buildings such as Corio Depot, Splashdown and National Wool Museum;
  • The adoption of the Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy, which will help us reduce greenhouse emissions and reduce energy costs;
  • The introduction of a minimum 5-star standard for all new large buildings; and
  • The new Urban Forest Strategy, which aims to improve Geelong’s tree canopy cover from 14 per cent to 25 per cent over 30 years.

There have been multiple actions to protect and enhance our coasts, waterways and natural spaces, such as:

  • The completion of the Hooded Plover Conservation Plan 2019;
  • The inaugural Geelong Nature Forum, which was held this year in partnership with Geelong Field Naturalists Club; and
  • The award-winning Ramblers Road shellfish reef, which is designed to reduce wave energy and erosion.

City Services Acting Director Rod Thomas

From basalt plain grasslands to coastal dunes, we have a richly diverse landscape with distinctive flora and fauna.
A healthy and accessible natural environment is one of our region’s strengths and it is vital that we do all we can to conserve and enhance it. As we look to make further progress, we want to learn more about the community’s environmental priorities, opportunities and challenges.
By working together, we can respect and care for our unique environment to enable us to live sustainably into the future.

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