Improving the energy efficiency of assets, expanding the kerbside organic collection service and increasing renewable energy uptake are just some of the ideas Moira Shire Council proposes to explore as part of its Environmental Sustainability Strategy which is now out for public consultation.
Councillors approved the release of the draft strategy at their meeting on May 24, and are urging people to provide feedback.
Cr Wendy Buck said the draft ESS provided council with a strategic framework to assist with decision-making and prioritisation of issues of environmental sustainability.
‘‘It continues to build on the significant achievements already made by council in this area since 2012,’’ Cr Buck said.
‘‘We have achieved significant projects, including the Watts Working Better streetlight project, a fruit industry employment program, roadside weeds and pest program, great rebates for conservation ... and the waste management app in Moira.’’
Cr Kevin Bourke said council wanted to see guidance from the community on the document.
‘‘I believe at Moira we do punch well above our weight really in our environmental sustainability,’’ Cr Bourke said.
‘‘It is an important document, the big thing is the cost — we’ve done a lot of fantastic work in limiting what goes to landfill and the associated costs.
‘‘I truly believe we are doing big things and we need this work to keep going.’’
Crs Peter Mansfield and Marie Martin also supported the strategy.
‘‘I’d also like to take the opportunity to commend Cr Buck on the work she’s done and leadership on several of these projects,’’ Cr Mansfield said.
‘‘It’s everyone’s responsibility to look at this and be engaged as to how it can become really successful,’’ Cr Martin said.
Mayor Gary Cleveland said the strategy outlined how council would play its part in caring for natural resources,
‘‘From the quality of our soils to the beauty of our waterways and landscapes, the natural environment is at the heart of Moira’s economy, lifestyle and tourism,’’ Cr Cleveland said.
‘‘From education programs in our local schools, to exploring reliable, alternative energy supplies, and preserving the values of our wetlands and waterways, the ESS is relevant right across the shire, across all sectors and for all ages.’’
●Copies of the strategy are available from www.moira.vic.gov.au or at service centres and feedback can be provided online, by email, by phone or by mail.
●Feedback must be received by 5pm on Friday, June 16 and will be considered prior to finalising and adopting the strategy.