Focus On... FOCUS on Environmental Management
- EnvironMentors visit schools
Earlier this year, schools across The Hills Shire in Sydney’s north were visited by a team of Keep NSW Beautiful EnvironMentors.
- Councils rise to the innovation challenge, delivering more with less*
For many councils road maintenance is the biggest drain on financial resources. And despite deteriorating road networks, it is often the case that road budgets are shaved as other priorities demand attention. Under these challenging conditions, councils must rise to the challenge to deliver more with less.
- Protecting the roost
Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos are found only in Western Australia and the City of South Perth is committed to maintaining their metropolitan home.
- Pool upgrades increase efficiency
Sutherland Shire Council in New South Wales has achieved a massive reduction in water, gas and chemical usage at a local leisure centre.
- The benefits of compost
In May, Burdekin Shire Council in Queensland held a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of composting.
- Container deposit scheme for New South Wales
After a long-fought community campaign, the New South Wales Government has announced it will introduce a container deposit scheme (CDS) across the state.
- Western Sydney streaks light years ahead
The biggest LED street light replacement project in New South Wales, Light Years Ahead, was completed in March.
- Shining a light on energy efficient assets
Over the last few years, eleven Victorian councils have worked in tandem to upgrade to energy efficient street lighting – and to ensure the old lights were recycled.
- Going batty
Blacktown City Council in Sydney is investigating the health of fishing bats to find out more about the water quality in local creeks and waterways.
- Water efficiency goes platinum
The City of Melville in metropolitan Perth has been recognised for its water management efforts.
- Funding boost for shark mitigation
The City of Joondalup in Perth has welcomed the announcement from the State Government that it will commit $400,000 towards an enclosure at Sorrento Beach.
- A hard-won environmental victory
A former landfill site located in South Australia’s Onkaparinga Council has been transformed into an award-winning park.
- Champion trees
Cook Shire Council in Queensland now has two trees officially tipped as the largest of their kind in the country.
- Green and golden opportunity
Strathfield Municipal Council in Sydney is undertaking a coordinated effort to protect local Bell Frogs.
- A kitchen for koalas
As part of its ongoing conservation efforts, the City of Gold Coast has established a new tree plantation to provide food for sick, injured and orphaned koalas.
- New life for pre-loved goods
To limit the amount of reusable goods headed to landfill, Melton City Council in Victoria has completed a major upgrade of a busy recycling resale centre.
- Sustainable heritage
Mount Alexander Shire in Victoria is adapting heritage listed buildings to become environmentally sound.
- Three-bin win
The City of Wodonga in regional Victoria has slashed the amount of waste going to landfill, following the introduction of a three-bin organics system.
- Costs and problems with indoor pools*
Condensation and corrosion have long been an issue within poorly ventilated indoor pools, there is a now solution available that will also reduce running costs.
- Software to support municipal route merger modelling*
- Future Directions - From the City of Rockingham Mayor, Barry Sammels
- Council project secures regional water supply
An award-winning project by Glen Innes Severn Council in northern New South Wales is guaranteeing water supply for the region.
- Battery technology maximises solar energy
Willoughby Council in New South Wales is utilising new battery technology to increase the benefits of their solar farm.
- Busting the buffel
Since 2012, Roxby Council in northern South Australia has set to work taming a pesky plant: buffel grass.
- drumMUSTER and ChemClear® collection and recycling programs*
- Harnessing stormwater
In a bid to drought-proof the local area, the Rural City of Murray Bridge has undertaken a large-scale stormwater treatment scheme.
- Mobile recycling reduces illegal dumping
Residents in the Kempsey Shire on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales are benefiting from Australia’s first Mobile Community Recycling Centre (CRC).
- Floating plans for solar
As part of its innovative Lismore Community Solar project, Lismore City Council is gearing up to build the first floating solar farm in New South Wales.
- Virtual eyes on sea level rise
Lake Macquarie City Council in New South Wales is utilising virtual reality technology to educate constituents about rising sea levels.