The Greater Bendigo City Council has adopted a new Climate Change and Environment Strategy 2021-2026 which sets the future direction for Council’s actions and investment relating to environmental sustainability and climate action.
The new strategy includes clear and measurable targets to focus the City’s efforts. The targets have been directly aligned to the new Community Vision for Greater Bendigo so there is a clear line of sight between the Council Plan and the Climate Change and Environment Strategy.
The strategy features six action areas along with flagship projects underway and actions for the community and stakeholders. The action areas are:
- Zero carbon
- Circular economy
- Sustainable and active transport
- Sustainable food systems
- Water sensitive Bendigo
- Biodiversity and regeneration
City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Jennifer Alden said the strategy seeks to take strong action on climate change and environmental sustainability by setting targets and actions to reduce Greater Bendigo’s emissions, facilitate active transport, divert waste from landfill to create a circular economy.
“It further aims to regenerate our local biodiversity and waterways and create more sustainable food systems” Cr Alden said.
“The development of the strategy was informed by community input captured by the Imagine Greater Bendigo process, staff expertise, and consultation with relevant agencies and the community.
“On behalf of Council I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the new strategy.”