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Yarra's vision to become a resilient and sustainable city

06 December 2013

Council has adopted the Yarra Environment Strategy 2013-17, a blueprint for Yarra to further cement its identity as a leading sustainable municipality.

The four year plan builds on previous environment strategies, setting the direction and required actions to integrate sustainable practices into Council's operations as well as its community programs and services.

Yarra Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky, said it was important for Council to review the direction of its environmental strategy to ensure its vision matched community expectations.

“Anticipating the environmental impacts of population growth, climate change and over consumption were some of the issues highlighted by our community during consultation on the strategy,” Cr Fristacky said.

“Built from strong input from the community, this Yarra Environment Strategy provides a shared vision to further enhance Yarra's credentials as a sustainable municipality.

"This vision is underpinned by carefully considered actions, which officers will work to implement over the coming four years."

Cr Fristacky said realising the strategy's vision would require Council to work closely with the Yarra community, empowering residents and businesses to act locally and share knowledge and resources to reduce the ecological footprint.

“Actions will also range from investigating how Council can transition away from our reliance on fossil fuels to enhancing local food production and access," Cr Fristacky said.

“We will also continue to explore ways to encourage sustainable transport use and advocate to higher tiers of government about the importance of collaboration to make progress on these issues.

“With the right balance of leadership, collaboration, action, advocacy, and education, this environment strategy aims to make even further gains on Yarra’s award-winning sustainable record.”

To view the adopted Yarra Environment Strategy 2013-17 and find out more about Council’s work and advocacy in this area, click here.



Further information
Michael Oke
Coordinator Environmental Management
9205 5723



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