Shire commits to environmental sustainability

Published on Tuesday, 9 April 2024 at 1:29:42 PM

The Shire of Murray has committed to long term environmental sustainability through it’s latest Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

The strategy provides a vision, objectives and actions, as well as targets and a monitoring and reporting framework to help advance environmental sustainability across Murray. It outlines actions required for Council to integrate sustainable practices into its operations, as well as its community programs and services.

Shire of Murray Chief Executive Officer, Dean Unsworth said environmental sustainability is integral to Murray’s ongoing liveability and prosperity.

“Protecting and maintaining our natural environment is essential if we wish to continue to support the liveability and prosperity of the Shire. We do however, face many environmental challenges, whether these be to our natural areas from past and current use, or from the global threat of climate change. These challenges will invariably continue as our population grows,” said Mr Unsworth.

“With our vision for Murray as an outstanding place for community, lifestyle and opportunity, embedding sustainable practices into our planning and decision-making is critical for long-term success.

“We know this is a priority for the community and as a Council, we are astutely aware of our responsibility to meet the needs of today’s society without compromising the needs of future generations.

“Aligned to our Council Plan 2023/2033, we have confidence this strategy will help us deliver on a critical community aspiration – which is to ensure our natural environment is cared for and appreciated,” he added.

The Shire of Murray’s environment is diverse, from its forests and bushland to its waterways and urban environments.

The Environmental Sustainability Strategy outlines the Shire’s commitment to outcomes in six critical areas. These being energy and climate, water, waste, biodiversity, sustainable community and internal governance.

The Strategy aligns with key Federal, State and Regional government environmental policies and requires the Shire to work in partnership with the community, private sector and other levels of government to ensure that we continue to protect and enhance our environment for current and future generations.

View the strategy

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