Project summaries - 2007 Urban Sustainability - major grants
|2007 Urban Sustainability - major grants|
|Organisation||Project title||Amount $|
|Ashfield Council and Partners||Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay - making sustainability work|
|Clarence Valley Council and Partners||Restoring watercourses, wetlands and coastal lakes on the North Coast|
|Great Lakes Council and Partners||Urban sustainability and Wallis Lake - a partnership approach|
|Hunter Councils and Partners||C3E3 - sustainable solutions to regional environmental issues|
|Leichhardt Council||Leichhardt's living streets|
|Marrickville Council||Target sustainability @ Marrickville|
|Riverina East Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC) and Partners||Total urban water management in eastern Riverina|
|Rous Water and Partner||Reconnecting to country at Wilsons River and the gully|
|South East Resource Recovery Regional Organisation of Councils (SERRROC) and Partners||Sustaining our towns - taking action today for a better tomorrow|
|Wollongong City Council and Partners||Illawarra biodiversity and local food strategy for climate change|
Ashfield Municipal Council
Partners: Marrickville Council, Leichhardt Council, Canterbury City Council
Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay - making sustainability work
The focus of the GreenWay - making sustainability work project is the development of a best practice model for sustainable management of a public asset, a Greenway, linking the Cooks River and Iron Cove with a corridor providing habitat for biodiversity, an alternative transport route and focus for community endeavour. This will include development of long term management guidelines for flora and fauna to enhance biodiversity with reference to an endangered colony of Long Nosed Bandicoots. These guidelines will represent an innovation towards cooperative management between councils and state asset managers such as Railcorp. Revegetation and action towards sustainable infrastructure management of adjoining council and private land will also be undertaken, in addition to significant community engagement. The development of the corridor as an active transport route without compromising future public transport options will be examined and where possible, infrastructure implemented that supports a shared use active transport corridor.
Partners: Greater Taree City Council, Richmond River County Council, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Kempsey Shire Council, Tweed Shire Council
Restoring watercourses, wetlands and coastal lakes on the North Coast
This project will facilitate, through on ground works and extension, the sustainable management of at least 12 regionally north coast watercourses, wetlands and coastal lakes. Issues addressed will include stormwater pollution and nutrient runoff, wetland degradation, acid sulfate soils, erosion and loss/degradation of aquatic habitat values. Engaging local stakeholder groups to act in partnership to achieve sustainable outcomes will be the main focus of the project. Priority sites have been identified across the North Coast Region by the North Coast Floodplain Network, an inter-council network with many years of experience in addressing floodplain and estuarine issues. Other sites have been identified through the NRCMA funded Priority Wetland Complexes program. Sustainable land management plans will be developed for each site after consultation with landowners and other stakeholders. Works will be undertaken to address the urban and rural issues at each site.
Great Lakes Council
Partners: Greater Taree City Council, MidCoast Water
Urban sustainability and Wallis Lake - a partnership approach
This project will tackle key sustainability issues such as urban water management to maintain lake and wetland health along with effluent reuse to improve resource conservation and reduce impact of effluent disposal. The project also completes the innovative Darawakh wetland rehabilitation project to improve the quality of water discharged to Wallis Lake, boosting the local oyster industry, delivering 950 hectares of public open space and protecting biodiversity and endangered habitat to offset coastal development pressures. The program includes education activities such as sustainability audits of council operations, local businesses and households to facilitate change. Great Lakes Council will also reduce greenhouse gas contributions by moving to carbon neutral waste management.
Partners: Cessnock City Council, Dungog Council, Gloucester Council, Great Lakes Shire Council, Greater Taree City Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, Maitland Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council, Newcastle City Council, Port Stephens Shire Council, Singleton Council, Upper Hunter Council
C3E3 - sustainable solutions to regional environmental issues
The Hunter region's environmental performance will receive a significant boost with the start of the new C3E3 program of activities to help address pressures from rapid growth across the region. C3E3 - communication, collaboration, compliance, enforcement, education and environmental enhancement - will strengthen partnerships between Hunter councils, state government agencies and other major land managers. The project will focus on achieving the practical implementation of more sustainable urban development practices through establishment of a coordinated regional approach to illegal or inappropriate environmental impacts (waste dumping, vegetation removal, water quality, weeds), health impacts (pollution) and social impacts (noise, amenity etc). Through resource sharing, and a strategic and coordinated approach to sustainability education and compliance across 12 LGAs, greater leadership, clarity and certainty will be delivered with long term, reduced impacts from urban growth and development.
Leichhardt's living streets
Leichhardt's living streets will create a model for sustainable living for everyone to learn from. The chosen street will be transformed into a space where children can play and neighbours chat once more. Local residents will help with the redesign of their street right across the pavement, nature strips, parking areas and road. The aim is to slow traffic to speeds of 10km/hr or less. This will allow for options such as pocket parks, native plantings, seating or street art. Cyclists and walkers will love it and wildlife can be encouraged to return. Ideas such as the capture and treatment of stormwater for use by the community will be explored. Street residents will be invited to take part in training on sustainable living.
Target sustainability @ Marrickville
Target sustainability @ Marrickville will focus on small to medium enterprises (SMEs) including non-government and not for profit organisations. The project will implement a model that encourages SMEs to work towards sustainability by adopting voluntary quantifiable targets in the areas of: waste to landfill, water imported from outside the catchment, and carbon emissions from energy. Each sustainability area has 10 targets: Target 1 being a 10% reduction on baseline volumes (i.e., 2006/07 volumes of waste, water or carbon), Target 2 being 20%, and so on, with Target 10 being a 100% reduction. Achievement of Target 10 for the three sustainability areas (for a SME) would mean: zero waste to landfill, zero water imported from outside the catchment, and zero carbon emissions from energy. Targets aim to define measure and set a clear pathway to sustainability for SMEs. Awards, window stickers and a business directory (incorporated into Council's website and community newsletters) will communicate progress.
Riverina East Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC)
Partners: Bland Shire Council, Coolamon Shire Council, Cootamundra Shire Council, Corowa Shire Council, Greater Hume Shire Council, Gundagai Shire Council, Junee Shire Council, Lockhart Shire Council, Temora Shire Council, Tumbarumba Shire Council, Tumut Shire Council, Urana Shire Council, Wagga Wagga City Council
Total urban water management in eastern Riverina
The 13 REROC member councils will work cooperatively to improve the management of urban stormwater in the eastern Riverina. Councils have identified specific local, sub-regional and regional projects across 5 environmental themes: water harvesting, water conservation, water quality, salinity management and environmental flows. Councils have identified activities within each theme and will work in clusters based around the themes and activities to generate efficiencies in scale and scope, and share the knowledge gained among councils and with key community stakeholders. Activity areas include: stormwater capture and management, improving water quality, effluent reuse, water recycling, lowering water tables, wetlands and riverbank restoration.
Partner: Blue Mountains City Council
Reconnecting to country at Wilsons River and the gully
Reconnecting to country partners Aboriginal communities and local government in a project that aims to establish a new culture of sustainable environmental management through community engagement in on-ground action. Land and water restoration projects will integrate sustainability principles with local Aboriginal culture and land management practices. The project will develop a 'sister city' relationship between the Widjabul people of the Bundjalung nation and the gully traditional owners, and between Rous Water and Blue Mountains City Council. Each group will mentor the other in their respective areas of expertise to facilitate shared learning of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspectives of sustainable management of natural and cultural assets. The project will be delivered through four components:
(1) community engagement and education
(2) the development of cultural interpretation sites
(3) cross-cultural training and
(4) environmental improvement works.
South Eastern Resource Recovery Regional Organisation of Councils (SERRROC)
Partners: Bega Valley Council, Bombala Council, Boorowa Council, Cooma-Monaro Council, Eurobodalla Shire Council, Harden Council, Palerang Council, Queanbeyan City Council, Snowy River Council, Upper Lachlan Council, Yass Valley Council, Young Council
Sustaining our towns - taking action today for a better tomorrow
Twelve councils in the south east of NSW will take the challenge to make their urban centres sustainable through its 'Protecting our towns' program. Task force teams will visit households and businesses, and assist them in calculating their eco footprints and implementing practical and affordable actions. Innovative components like peer-to-peer education, an interactive website, a MySpace project forum, and self audit kits available in libraries will ensure the project's wide application and success. The project aims to encourage the building of sustainable communities across the whole region. Data from the self audits will be used to calculate project outcomes and provide a basis for the development of a regional sustainability strategy and future community education projects.
Wollongong City Council
Partners: Shellharbour Council, Kiama Council
Illawarra biodiversity and local food strategy for climate change
Illawarra biodiversity and local food strategy for climate change will be developed by the three councils in collaboration with a range of stakeholders. It will provide a regional sustainability planning framework for the protection, enhancement and management of natural areas with endangered ecological communities (EECs) and threatened species (TSs) and identify opportunities for developing the Wollongong food security project regionally. The strategy will use sustainability, health promotion, economic and community development approaches to support an equitable and sustainable community food system in our region. Through community-based activities and creative partnerships, this project responds to the immediate need to address food insecurity whilst incorporating a multi-level planning response to the challenges posed by climate change and peak oil. On-going resilience of the project will be enhanced through establishing a regional revolving fund by registering councils as forest managers for NGACs to deliver a financial return on carbon sequestration resulting from rehabilitation work.
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