BULOKE Shire Council has released the 10-year Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategy and Plan for community consultation.
Councillors adopted the plan when they met virtually for their monthly meeting on October 13.
Council said the strategy is a "clear, concise and actionable plan for implementation into the council and community."
A community survey has already been undertaken, which identified risks and opportunities under the themes of people, natural resources, built environment, economy and council operations.
Now a second opportunity for the community to engage opens.
Actions have been categorised into thirteen goals for climate action which are;
- Integrate climate into council operations
- Robust emissions measurement
- Ongoing emergency management
- Waste and landfill emissions reductions
- Council building improvements
- Community building improvements
- Energy security and technology switching
- Low emission transport
- Transport infrastructure improvements
- Improve septic tank management
- Enhance biodiversity
- Conservation and revegetation
- Adaptive agriculture
- Shared community vision
Council has noted progress against its Year 1 - Annual Plan for the first time.
Each year, council develops an annual plan to establish a series of actions, projects, programs and initiatives to achieve the Council Plan 2021-2025.
Among the highlights outlined in the quarterly report were:
- Progress against the Lighting up Buloke Program, with tennis clubs in Charlton, Donald and Wycheproof all having new lights installed
- Progress against Birchip and Wycheproof streetscapes
- The appointment of a Youth Officer to deliver the VicHealth Program
- Application submitted for cabin accommodation across the shire's Caravan Parks
- Commencement of the Economic Development and Tourism Strategy, with workshops held with key stakeholder groups
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