Project summaries - 2006 Urban Sustainability - planning grants
|2006 Urban Sustainability - planning grants|
|Organisation||Project title||Amount $|
|Ashfield Municipal Council||Ashfield towards sustainability - sustainable action plan 2010|
|Auburn Council||Development of a sustainability strategy for Auburn Council|
|Ballina Shire Council||Sustainability action plan 2008 - 2013 (SAP)|
|Baulkham Hills Shire Council||Consultation on long-term vision for sustainability of Baulkham Hills Shire Council|
|Blacktown City Council||Springboard for sustainability|
|Botany Bay Council||Develop a 'sustainable futures' plan|
Action plan for a sustainable Camden (Camden Council sustainability plan)
|Clarence Valley Council||To develop a Clarence Valley sustainability action plan|
|Eurobodalla Shire Council ||Eurobodalla: towards sustainability|
|Great Lakes Council||Creating a collaborative sustainability strategy for the Great Lakes environment|
|Hawkesbury City Council||Hawkesbury City Council sustainability plan - our city our future|
|Hornsby Shire Council||Hornsby 2020 initiative|
|Hunters Hill Council||Hunters Hill sustainability plan|
|Ku-ring-gai Council||Developing a GRI sustainability plan|
|Lismore City Council and Rous Water||Integrating sustainability in Lismore and Rous Councils' strategies and operations |
|NSROC and Partners||NSROC regional sustainability plan |
Orange City Council and Partners
|Orange City Council|
Bathurst/Orange/Dubbo (BOD) sustainability plan
|Tamworth Regional Council and Partners||Namoi Catchment sustainability plan |
|Waverley Council||Waverley sustainability plan|
|Wingecarribee Council||Sustainability SMART - planning the way ahead|
|Wollondilly Shire Council||Sustainable Wollondilly - a community plan for our shire|
|Wollongong City Council and Partners||Illawarra sustainability roadmap |
|Wyong Shire Council||Living sustainably in Wyong Shire|
Ashfield Municipal Council
Ashfield towards sustainability - sustainable action plan 2010
Through this project, Ashfield Council and its community will work together to develop a sustainability action plan. Ashfield towards sustainability - sustainable action plan 2010 will provide a strategic framework for Council. The plan will identify key goals and actions to work towards sustainability that both Council and the community (including businesses and schools) can undertake. The plan will also provide Council with a decision making tool that can be used to prioritise projects and will ensure the integration of economic, environmental and social needs.
Development of a sustainability strategy for Auburn Council
Auburn Council is developing a sustainability strategy that will shape Auburn's commitment to becoming more sustainable. The project involves the following elements:
- consultation strategy: catering to the diversity and demographics of the community
- education and awareness programs for staff and community (including the ambassadors program)
- linking to Auburn Council's "Auburn 2030" strategy and management plan to ensure all initiatives are properly resourced and meet Council's overall vision for the future
- identification of key sustainability objectives, programs, initiatives and targets.
Ballina Shire Council
Sustainability action plan 2008 - 2013 (SAP)
This project will define how Ballina Shire Council will contribute to creating a more sustainable shire in the period 2008-2013. Council recognises there are opportunities to work with the community, other councils, the private sector and government agencies in order to achieve our visions. Similarly, these stakeholders, knowing how the Council intends to focus its activities, will be able to develop opportunities for collaboration and partnerships. Working from our vision, this project will enable Council to develop coherent and coordinated actions for the next five years that will help to balance the outcomes arising from social, environmental and economic opportunities and challenges.
Baulkham Hills Shire Council
Consultation on long-term vision for sustainability of Baulkham Hills Shire Council
Baulkham Hills Shire is made up of a mix of urban and rural lifestyles, has considerable bushland areas and is one of the fastest growing local government areas in Sydney. Today, Baulkham Hills Shire is made up of 29 suburbs with a population of approximately 157,000 residents. By 2031 the population is projected to be 273,000. The challenge for Baulkham Hills Shire Council is to manage this growth in a sustainable manner. This project proposes to undertake a comprehensive consultation process including community, businesses and government departments in order to begin the formulation of a long-term vision (20 year) for the sustainable development of the shire. The consultation process is essential for the validity of the plan.
Springboard for sustainability will establish a solid foundation for our journey towards a sustainable Blacktown. It will initiate the development of our local blueprint and is a demonstration of Council's desire to become more sustainable and to be the best that the city can be. Springboard for sustainability will provide the necessary training and education in preparation for the culture shift required for ESD to ensure a sustainable Blacktown. Springboard for sustainability is a whole-of-council approach aimed at engaging all staff to give sustainability practical and grounded meaning and to ensure sustainability is embedded in not only in our programs but also our processes.
Botany Bay Council
Develop a 'sustainable futures' plan
This project aims to develop a sustainability plan that is a visionary document to develop priorities, set future directions and link existing projects and programs. The development of the plan will give the community that 'live, work and play' in Botany Bay Council area ownership and a sense of responsibility for their local environment. The vision for Botany Bay Council's future will be developed in conjunction with the community, through extensive community consultation.
Action plan for a sustainable Camden (Camden Council sustainability plan)
Camden Council's development of the 'Action plan for a sustainable Camden' is in partnership with government agencies, community organisations and householders of the Camden local government area. The plan clearly defines the sustainability objectives and Council's role in the delivery of state and regional authorities' sustainability policies. Maximising effectiveness by utilising work done to date, the plan will inform Council's management planning process ensuring a coordinated and integrated approach to the achievement of sustainability outcomes. The plan also integrates with the other Council plans including the scheduled review of Council's strategic plan.
Clarence Valley Council
To develop a Clarence Valley sustainability action plan
The project will assist Council to develop a sustainable action plan (SAP) that will capture the on-ground actions that Council will undertake to achieve sustainable outcomes. The project follows on from the March 2006 adopted sustainability initiative that is a core leadership action of Council aimed to meet the challenges of working towards a sustainable future. The initiative includes the sustainability planning web that provides the basis for the development of the SAP that will identify and prioritise key projects and actions needed to help achieve our goals.
This project will develop a sustainability action plan for the Eurobodalla Shire through a partnership with Council employees, government agencies and the Eurobodalla community. The process of developing the plan will initiate a dialogue around sustainability, build trust, networks, ownership and the capacity of all engaged to work towards sustainability goals. The focus will be on identifying gaps and opportunities for improved local sustainability performance by both Council and community. The plan will identify priorities and pathways for the development and implementation of future intersectional sustainability projects, policies and practices by all participants, to achieve on-ground sustainability outcomes.
Great Lakes Council
Creating a collaborative sustainability strategy for the Great Lakes environment
This project will build on existing partnerships with business, community and government organisations, created through our successful Healthy Lakes Program and Wallis Lake Catchment Management Plan. Great Lakes Council will work with partners and stakeholders to establish a collaborative strategy for sustainability, focusing on the sustainable use of our environment and resources. This will be done through the involvement of representatives (from the community, volunteer groups, businesses and government) in focus groups and through stakeholder surveys. Collaborating with these groups will reinforce the need for a unified and jointly owned sustainability strategy and will identify current obstacles to change and priorities for action.
Hawkesbury City Council
Hawkesbury City Council sustainability plan - our city our future
Hawkesbury City Council conducted community consultation 'our city our future' in 1993 and 2002 which identified the community needs and vision. To further build on the sustainability initiatives identified by the community and integrate Council's environmental performance it was resolved to employ the services of a suitably qualified consultant to provide advice and assistance at the strategic, capacity building level. This will be achieved by assessing the current situation with regard to sustainability planning, and providing expert advice and assistance as to how to integrate sustainability into Council's governance framework and planning processes. From this, a sustainability strategy will be developed for augmentation.
In line with the Earth Summit (2002), Hornsby Council realised the need for a strategic document to frame the long-term future for the shire. Through refining the community sustainability indicators (identified in 2000) and developing a sustainability plan and policy statement, Council aims to articulate its direction and create a culture of sustainability. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) will be used to report outcomes delivered through the plan. This framework will identify and manage economic, environmental and social risks and opportunities. Whilst guiding internal operations, the plan and statement additionally provide a 'sustainability umbrella' for all stakeholders working within the shire.
Hunters Hill Council
Hunters Hill sustainability plan
Hunters Hill Council has identified the requirement for a sub-strategic plan specifically addressing sustainability, to secure a prosperous environmental, social and economic future for the municipality. Council has recently committed to undertaking the DEC/LGMA-NSW 'sustainability health check' and will be investigating the current status and how to further implement a culture of sustainable actions by all of council and in how it conducts its activities. By developing a 'sustainability plan', Council will have the facility to act on outcomes of the sustainability health check, and be poised to align itself with other Councils in the Northern Sydney Region in contributing to the creation of a regional sustainability plan.
Developing a GRI sustainability plan
Ku-ring-gai Council intends to explore the global reporting initiative (G3) to assist it in developing a sustainability plan that encompasses the full complexity of triple bottom line reporting. A good quality sustainability plan should integrate information from the full range of stakeholders including residents, business, Council officers, relevant public agencies and research institutions. Bringing these stakeholders together requires a framework to guide the process and plan implementation and ensure transparency, accountability and equity in sharing the cost benefit of sustainable outcomes. The plan will facilitate reporting partnerships both within Council and between Council and other public reporting agencies.
Lismore City Council and Rous Water
Integrating sustainability in Lismore and Rous Councils' strategies and operations
The project aims to develop a strategic/sustainability plan for the local region that shall enable government, industry and community to work together to integrate existing multi-disciplinary programs to provide for improved sustainability outcomes. The plan will allow the better use of existing strategies and operations in line with a shared vision of the type of community that Lismore wants for itself and future generations. A systematic review of existing initiatives and Council processes will identify gaps and provide a strategic direction for the achievement of sustainability objectives. The inclusion of Rous Water (the bulk water authority) shall enable a whole-of-water-cycle approach to the project.
Partners: North Sydney, Lane Cove, Willoughby, Hornsby Shire, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai and Ryde Councils
NSROC regional sustainability plan
At present the NSROC region is looking to accommodate an extra 150,000 people over the next 2 decades. This growth and existing development are putting significant pressures on valuable environmental assets of region, as well as threatening the long term health and liveability of the community. This project will develop a regional sustainability plan based on current and future proposed projects and policies implemented by the 7 NSROC councils. It will also draw on information provided by the NSROC State of the Environment (SoE) process and the NSROC Environmental Study completed in 2006. The plan will assist in guiding future environmental projects as well as identify specific gaps and opportunities for further collective action.
Orange City Council
Partners: Bathurst Regional council and Dubbo City Council
Bathurst/Orange/Dubbo (BOD) sustainability plan
The local governments of Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo (BOD) have formed an alliance to enhance resource sharing and to allow for a coordinated council approach in achieving common goals. The proposed inter-city (BOD) sustainability plan shall give the three councils an opportunity to work with the community in a more formulated manner in achieving sustainability goals.
Tamworth Regional Council
Partners: Gunnedah, Liverpool Plain and Narrabri Councils
Namoi Catchment sustainability plan
The primary objective is to develop a sustainability plan for the Namoi catchment, and to engage the local councils present within the catchment to enable the development of partnerships, information and skills sharing. The project will also provide a regional catchment based sustainability plan that can tie in with the catchment wide State of the Environment report, and link the recommendations contained to participating council management plans.
Waverley sustainability plan
In 2005, Waverley Council embarked on a 20 year strategic planning exercise with our community. The community vision developed in Council's 12 year Waverley strategic plan has identified sustainability as a priority for Council. To achieve this, Council has endorsed Local Agenda 21 and has committed to developing and implementing a local action plan to assist in the progress of environmental sustainability. The Waverley sustainability plan will provide the vehicle to define and deliver a more detailed vision for an environmentally sustainable Waverley. Waverley Council will utilise its newly formed community sustainability committee to oversee the planning process and use the State of the Environment report as the tool for annual reporting.
Sustainability SMART - planning the way ahead
Sustainability SMART - planning the way ahead will engage council staff and stakeholders in the assessment of activities towards sustainability using a systematic approach via a self assessment tool. 'Sustainability SMART' is a detailed diagnostic tool, which will allow Council to determine its future position. The actions required to reach the agreed position will be captured and managed through a sustainability action plan, which will be developed with the involvement of relevant stakeholders. The tool differs from other sustainability check-lists, in that it establishes a position and details documents/plans required to move forward.
Wollondilly Shire Council
Sustainable Wollondilly - a community plan for our shire
Wollondilly Council aims to produce a community based sustainability plan to further build on the sustainability initiatives being undertaken within the organisation. Through this project, Council will undertake various environmental and community service programs with a holistic document that provides direction and outcomes. Council will also engage with the community, both residents and businesses, in the plan development to ensure ownership of the document. This plan will build on the Wollondilly Vision 2025 and its outcomes.
Wollongong City Council
Partners: Shellharbour City Council, Kiama Municipal Council and Southern Councils Group
Illawarra sustainability roadmap
Each council has begun incorporating aspects of sustainability into their operations and community programs. However, to date this has been ad hoc and specific to each LGA. The roadmap project provides an opportunity for collaboration in developing a regional framework for sustainability, both within each council and across the Illawarra community. The roadmap will define the process to ensure sustainability is aligned with legislative requirements and world's best practice, provide a detailed risk management strategy and a systems view of corporate management. The roadmap process will collect data on current operational status of each council, determine where they are heading, where they want to go and define actions to proceed sustainably.
Wyong Shire Council
Living sustainably in Wyong Shire
The Central Coast and particularly Wyong Shire is experiencing unprecedented population growth which will escalate in the next 20 years. Council and various environmental groups are working to ensure current and future development and practices are sustainable, however no cohesive framework presently exists. The Tuggerah Lakes System and catchment comprises 80% of Wyong Shire, it greatly affects and is affected by all aspects of increased human activity. The project will facilitate collaboration between Council, local industry and businesses, community and conservation groups, government sectors and all parties interested in preserving and utilising the Lakes System, via a sustainability plan leading to action programs.
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