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Our Environment

See what East Gippsland Shire Council is doing to manage the local environment.

East Gippsland Environmental Sustainability Strategy

The Shire acknowledges the importance of reducing the human impact on the environment and has developed two Environmental Sustainability Strategies.  The first East Gippsland Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2008–2013 was adopted in 2008, and the second updated version was adopted by Council on 3 March 2015 (and covers the period 2014-2017).  The Strategy is a management tool targeting action towards environmental sustainability in the areas of Council control and influence within East Gippsland.

 

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Summary Brochure of previous strategy 2008-13 (PDF 182Kb)

East Gippsland Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2008 to 2013 (PDF 993kb)

  

The launch of the East Gippsland Environmental and Sustainability Strategy 2014-17 took place on Saturday 28 March, as part of Earth Hour in the Bairnsdale library forecourt. 

 

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Expert advice was sought to develop the Strategy.  The Mayor Cr Peter Neal (centre) helped launch the new document.

 

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Environmental films were screened during Earth Hour to launch the strategy, in the Bairnsdale library forecourt.

 

Low Carbon Growth Plan for Gippsland

The Low Carbon Growth Plan for Gippsland maps out the lowest cost emissions reductions opportunities for Gippsland in the manufacturing, mining and freight, commercial and services, household and land-based sectors. The Plan, developed with regional and expert input, shows that:

  • Gippsland's economy could save almost $100 million a year by reducing its emissions
  • Gippsland could reduce its greenhouse emissions by up to 10% below 2000 levels by 2020 (excluding the power sector)

 

Within Council

East Gippsland Shire Council is undertaking the following steps along its path to workplace sustainability:

  • Completed energy audits on eight highest energy consuming buildings and will implement energy saving actions
  • Actively implementing actions from the East Gippsland Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2014-17
  • Implemented worm farms at the Bairnsdale offices to reduce the amount of organics going into landfill
  • Developed a “landbank” of high quality native vegetation to be used as an offset for Council projects (e.g. new bridges, roads)
  • Have been successful in securing $1.7 million dollars to address the biggest carbon emitting sites within Council operations - called the Bright Futures project
  • Various climate change adaptation projects - planning for a future of climate change
  • Have an internal Resource Smart Action Group to drive actions in the workplace
 

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