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Council releases first environmental report

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 20 December 2016

From Ride to Work days and recycling to planting trees and installing power-saving street lights, much has been achieved for the Warrnambool environment in recent years.

The varied sustainability projects Warrnambool City Council has been involved with are documented in the Green Warrnambool report, which was endorsed by Council at its meeting last night (December 19).

The report summarises highlights and achievements from the Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2008-2015.

“The report showcases the work done to enhance and protect the natural environment in Warrnambool and to make the city more sustainable,” Mayor Cr Kylie Gaston said.

“It shows that residents really value the environment and many people work voluntarily to help the city become more sustainable.

"Council delivers a wide range of environmental work but it is the partnerships with the community that have realised enormous benefits.

“The Middle Island Maremma Project is an example of how a partnership involving the Council, Deakin Uni, Pet Stock and scores of dedicated CoastCare volunteers, can bring about profound environmental benefits – in this case saving the penguin colony on Middle Island.

“In addition to helping keep the foxes and cats away from Middle Island, Council also eradicates rabbits on public reserves.”

Among Council’s responsibilities is the management of about 12.7km of coastline between Levys Point Coastal Reserve and Logans Beach.

“Council has also created infrastructure that allows people to more easily enjoy  being in or close to the natural environment,” Cr Gaston said.

“The promenade is an example of this work and is a great way for people of all abilities to enjoy walking in the dunes while enjoying views of the ocean.

“Council has also upgraded 15 beach access points and constructed five fishing platforms.

“Six new playgrounds have opened since 2013 and we have made more than 10 tonnes of top soil from recycled leaves and other vegetation removed from gutters.

“Council supports the work of the MAD for the Merri and Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare groups, which do a tremendous amount of work to preserve and extend the area of native vegetation and habitat within the city.”

WCC also led the project that saw thousands of street lights across Great South Coast municipalities replaced with energy-saving LED lights.

“This project saves ratepayers more than $100,000 in street light power bills annually,”Cr Gaston said. 

The Green Warrnambool report will be used as a consultation tool in the development of the next Environment and Sustainability Strategy to be developed in 2017 – the Green Warrnambool Plan.

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