The City of Greater Bendigo is taking the next step to tackle climate change and protect the environment for future generations.
The council’s recently released Climate Change and Environment Strategy 2021-2026 features six action areas and flagship projects to address future risks to the health and wellbeing of the community.
Mayor Councillor Jennifer Alden said the draft strategy seeks to take strong action on climate change and environmental sustainability by setting targets and actions to reduce Greater Bendigo’s emissions.
It also aims to facilitate active transport, divert waste from landfill to create a circular economy, regenerate local biodiversity and waterways, create more sustainable food systems and support the delivery of the Council Plan 2021-2025.
“The updated strategy includes clear and measurable targets to focus the city’s actions and investment,” Alden said.
“The strategy builds upon the previous Greater Bendigo Environment Strategy 2016-2021 which has enabled the city and the broader community to make significant progress towards a more sustainable future but it’s now time to take the next step.
“We all need to play a part.”
The council’s 2016-2021 environmental strategy has resulted in an increase in tree planting, the development of the Food Systems Strategy and more investment in sustainable food systems and agriculture.
The council says newly identified flagship projects will “push beyond business as usual” to deliver lasting benefits and inspire broader change. They include reimagining Bendigo Creek, Healing Country Together, Be the change, the Bendigo Climate Project and showcase environment development.
The draft strategy is open for comments and feedback until 14 September, 2021
To view the draft strategy, click here.