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Our Environment

Annual Report 2018-19

View the latest Environmental Sustainability Strategy Annual Report for last year, and see the achievements across our shire.



Past annual reports are available:

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East Gippsland Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Council acknowledges the importance of reducing the human impact on the environment and has developed an Environmental Sustainability Strategy. The strategy is a management tool targeting action towards environmental sustainability in the areas of Council control and influence within East Gippsland.


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

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


TAKE2 Pledge

“East Gippsland Shire Council is committed to tackling climate change. We have a role in maintaining, protecting and enhancing the region's environment. We do this by using our resources more efficiently, by reducing our everyday impacts, planning for changing conditions and encouraging the people of East Gippsland to do the same.”

We encourage East Gippsland residents, businesses, educational and community organisations to visit the TAKE2 website, make the pledge and help Victoria reach net zero by 2050.

At the 21 November 2017 meeting, Council resolved to pledge its support for the Victorian Government’s TAKE2 initiative as above.

















East Gippsland Shire Council is a member of ICLEI Oceania - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI).  This is an international, not-for-profit association of local governments and local government organisations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. The ICLEI Oceania Head Office is hosted by the City of Melbourne and was established in 1999.




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, could reduce its greenhouse emissions by up to 10% below 2000 levels by 2020 (excluding the power sector).


Within Council

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

  • Completed energy audits on highest energy consuming buildings and implementing energy saving actions
  • Implementing actions from the East Gippsland Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2014-17
  • Implemented worm farms at some Council offices to reduce the amount of organics going into landfill, and staff bikes for Bairnsdale employees
  • Developed a landbank of high quality native vegetation to be used as an offset for Council projects (e.g. new bridges, roads)
  • Received a grant of $1.7 million to address the biggest carbon emitting sites within Council operations - called the Bright Futures project
  • Various climate change adaptation projects - to plan and adapt for a future of climate change


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