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Shoalhaven contains a unique and diverse environment that is a significant lifestyle, community and economic asset for the City.

With extensive natural qualities, Shoalhaven is also susceptible to threats from environmental change and natural disasters and events, and these must be planned for and managed effectively.

Shoalhaven Environments focuses on enhancing, managing and maintaining Shoalhaven’s distinct and exceptional natural environment, supporting biodiversity, planning for future impacts of climate change, innovation in environmental management and excellence in sustainable living and sustainable development.

WHAT THE COMMUNITY TOLD US

Through the community engagement process, the community identified issues and challenges for action. These are to:

  • Support and encourage sustainable living and development
  • Manage development to ensure that growth is sustainable, in keeping with the character of the unique villages and does not adversely impact on the ecological value of natural environments
  • Plan for climate change
  • Provide more attractive urban environments particular entrances to townships
  • Create a greener and cleaner image
  • Build on the community’s connection to and care for the local environment and ecology.

MEASURING PROGRESS

Council will monitor its results and progress towards achieving strategies for Shoalhaven Environments using the following measures:

  • Whether the targets of the delivery program and operational plan have been achieved
  • Housing and population growth rate
  • Trend of 16 community and corporate State of the Environment themes
  • Number of threatened plant and animal species
  • Percentage of waste diverted from landfill
  • Residential water use
  • Community’s use of renewable energy
  • Number of estuaries receiving a good or higher health rating.
     

Objectives and Strategies

MINIMISE

OBJECTIVE 2.1

A CITY THAT PROTECTS, VALUES AND CARES FOR THE SHOALHAVEN ENVIRONMENT

STRATEGIES

2.1.1 Ensure that the ecological and biological environments of the Shoalhaven are protected and valued through careful management.

2.1.2 Facilitate community involvement in caring for the natural environment through Bushcare and other environmental enhancement programs.

2.1.3 Enhance links between the natural environment and educational programs and recreational activities.

2.1.4 Implement an active program of environmental regulation, compliance and enforcement.

OBJECTIVE 2.2

POPULATION AND URBAN SETTLEMENT GROWTH THAT IS SUSTAINABLE, CAREFULLY MANAGED AND PLANNED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY

STRATEGIES

2.2.1 Develop and implement land use and related strategies for future growth of the City, based on the principles of connectivity, sustainability, flexibility and accessibility.

2.2.2 Facilitate the provision of housing that meets the changing needs and expectations of the community.
 

 

 

OBJECTIVE 2.3

A COMMUNITY THAT SEEKS TO REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING IMPACTS AND INCREASE OUR ABILITY TO ADAPT TO THE EFFECTS AND IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

STRATEGIES

2.3.1 Responsibly manage community exposure to natural hazards and resulting risks.

2.3.2 Develop and implement a corporate carbon emissions audit, reduction and reporting scheme to reduce the City’s carbon footprint.

2.3.3 Establish a risk based strategic adaptation response to climate change.

2.3.4 Sustainably manage coastal processes.

OBJECTIVE 2.4

A CITY THAT SHOWS LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND LIVING

STRATEGIES

2.4.1 Promote and advocate for sustainable living through a range of projects, initiatives and incentives.

2.4.2 Create urban environments that meet community needs while ensuring the qualities and ecological integrity of the natural environment are protected.

2.4.3 Investigate and establish sustainable and responsible stormwater management measures.

2.4.4 Promote solar, wind and other alternative power sources as options for energy provision.

 

OBJECTIVE 2.5

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES THAT ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE
AND SUSTAINABLE

STRATEGIES

2.5.1 Ensure that the provision of community infrastructure and services meets best practice environmental standards and controls.

2.5.2 Provide best practice waste management programs and facilities.

2.5.3 Develop a strategic position and approach to monitoring and managing contaminated lands.