- Wednesday 24 May 2017
Community and Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Sunshine Coast was already on the journey to more sustainable living with more than 38 per cent of dwellings adopting solar power and Sunshine Coast Council being the first Australian local government to build a utility scale solar farm.
“In addition, many in our community are already involved in organisations, activities and events aimed at ensuring a sustainable future for the Sunshine Coast,” Cr McKay said.
The draft strategy builds on the achievements to date, offering policies designed to further assist the community to attain a sustainable way of living.
“It provides direction for council to make its own contribution to a long-term sustainable outcome for the region.
“These strategies focus on how we live in the environment, including assisting the community to understand and be empowered to live sustainably, adapt and reduce exposure to climate risks and maximise resource efficiency.
“The strategies also support a transition to a clean energy and minimal emissions future.”
Cr McKay said a business-as-usual approach was not an option due to a growing population, a changing economic base and the complexities of climate change.
“Through our discussions with the community sustainable living issues such as vegetation and floodplain protection, climate change, improved public transport, reduced urban sprawl and the need for greater housing diversity, are important," Cr McKay said.
“The draft strategy responds to this growing community awareness, establishing the building blocks that will enable the region to transition to a more sustainable way of life, build community resilience and promote more efficient use of resources.
"Council will take on a community leadership role by embedding sustainability and resilience into our systems and processes."
Cr McKay said by working with the community, council would secure tangible results such as reducing our region’s exposure to increasing energy costs, increasing the community’s resilience to the forecast impacts of climate change and reducing council’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2041.
“This strategy outlines an approach to sustainable living that will take us through to 2041 so is essential reading for everyone,” she said.To review and comment on the draft Environment and Liveability Strategy visit council’s website by Sunday 4 June.