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ALERT! At the Community Focus Council meeting tomorrow evening - on 8 September at 7pm - Council will be deciding on its new environment strategy for the next ten years.

If you would like to comment or ask a question, send it in on Council's website (look under Meetings) today before 12 noon.

The proposed strategy can be seen on Page 288 in the PDF:

Note that "The consultation responses from the community show overwhelming support for the goals, principles and actions contained with the Environment Strategy."

And note Goal 1 which now says:

Our targets for 2020-2030

1. Adopt a Climate Change Response Plan by 2021.

2. All City-managed operations to be carbon neutral by 2025.

3. 100% renewable electricity supply used for all City owned and operated buildings and streetlights by 2025.

4. 95 per cent of Drysdale Landfill methane gas emissions recovered and used for energy production by 2025.

5. All City-owned light fleet vehicles powered by zero-emission power sources by 2030.

6. Amend our Environmentally Sustainable Design Policy to require sustainable design assessments for all multi-unit developments by 2023.

7. All new large city-owned buildings built after 2020 to achieve a 5-star ‘Green Star’ environmental rating.

8. All new small city-owned buildings built after 2020 to comply with Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard sustainable design standards.

9. Review planning policies and processes to support UN Sustainable Development Goals and the IPCC 1.5-degree pathway by 2025.

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Also note that on Page 279 you will find Council's new proposed

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Page 288

Source: City Services – Environment and Waste
Director: Guy Wilson-Browne
Portfolio: Environment

1. For Council to consider and adopt the Environment Strategy 2020-2030.

2. The Environment Strategy 2020-2030, and the associated Environment Strategy Action Plan 2020-2022, have been developed to replace the Environmental Management Strategy 2014-2017. The Strategy and Action Plan guide our response to significant environmental issues and associated impacts on our region.

3. The draft Strategy was informed by extensive community engagement between June and December 2019.

4. The draft Strategy was released for public consultation between 4 May and 26 June 2020. Forty submissions were received from our community and stakeholders.

Key Matters
5. The development of the Environment Strategy was a key action contained within the recently adopted Sustainability Framework. The Environment Strategy provides strategic priorities, principles, directions and targets and is supported by a two-year Action Plan.

6. The goals contained within the Environment Strategy will help guide the City’s decision making, operations and programs to reduce environmental impacts, build resilience to climate risks and enhance our urban and natural environments. The strategy also guides our role in collaborating with the community, all levels of government and other stakeholders on environment and sustainability issues.

7. The consultation responses from the community show overwhelming support for the goals, principles and actions contained with the Environment Strategy.

8. The Environment Strategy will be supported by subordinate plans and strategies including the Climate Change Response Plan (currently being developed), an updated Biodiversity Strategy, Urban Forest Strategy, Stormwater Services Strategy and Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy.

9. That Council adopt the Environment Strategy 2020-30 (Attachment 3).

Financial Implications
1. Funding required to implement the actions of the Environment Strategy will be considered in the annual planning and budget cycles. The City will also seek external funding opportunities to deliver the actions within the Draft Strategy.

Community Engagement
2. The development of the Environment Strategy was informed by extensive community engagement including:

2.1 Community stakeholder workshop to inform the draft Strategy;
2.2 Community Open House;
2.3 Eight-week online community engagement survey which yielded forty written responses and 194 comments; and
2.4 Workshops with key stakeholder groups.

3. The following themes were identified from the engagement feedback:
3.1 Action on climate change was seen by the community as the highest priority goal;
3.2 Protection of our landscapes, biodiversity and water resources is critical to our future prosperity;
3.3 Our community is passionate about and want to be involved in protecting our region’s environment;
3.4 Protection of our environment needs to be considered as equally important with economic and social considerations in our decision-making processes;
3.5 The City needs to set ambitious environmental management targets and be transparent in reporting our progress;
3.6 The City needs to lead a region wide response to climate change and protection
of our environment; and
3.7 The City to engage with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners to protect our
regions lands, biodiversity and cultural heritage.

4. The changes made to the Environment Strategy based upon community feedback include:
4.1 Commitment to Global Reporting Initiative Standards (GRI);
4.2 Strengthened climate change commitments – including partnerships to reduce community emissions;
4.3 Increased the number and breadth of biodiversity commitments and strengthened targets;
4.4 Increased commitments to collaborate with the Wadawurrung to connect culture and biodiversity;
4.5 Increased commitment to review planning controls to help improve biodiversity protection and sustainable development; and
4.6 Aligned the Strategy to commitments to reduce the use of single-use plastic.

Social Equity Considerations
5. The Environment Strategy 2020 - 2030 recognises the importance of equity, access and inclusion as a key priority area contributing to the long-term sustainability of our community.

6. Many of the actions contained within the Strategy will increase social equity, including supporting access to information, open space reserves and community participation.

Policy/Legal/Statutory Implications
7. The implementation of the Environment Strategy will influence the amendment of relevant existing policies and the development of new policies.

Alignment to Council Plan
8. The Environment Strategy 2020 – 2030 supports the strategic priority of effective environmental management and shows leadership to address waste, climate change, water, biodiversity and other environmental challenges.

Conflict of Interest
9. No City officers or contractors involved in the preparation of this report have a direct or indirect interest in the matters to which this report relates.

Risk Assessment
10. The delivery of the actions within the Environment Strategy will minimise risks to the environment, human health and infrastructure assets.

Environmental Implications
11. The Environment Strategy sets a vision, goals and actions that provide leadership for the City and our community to manage our natural and built environment and minimise our environmental impacts.

Page 279

Source: City Services – Environment and Waste Services
Director: Guy Wilson-Browne
Portfolio: Environment

1. For Council to consider and adopt the Prevention of Single-Use Plastics Policy (Attachment 2).

2. In August 2018, a notice of motion was initiated by Cr Mansfield for Council to develop a Plastic Wise Program to reduce single use plastics at City events and offices.

3. On April 28, 2020 Council adopted the Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy which includes the following vision: ‘The City contributes to a circular economy by leading and supporting the community to actively avoid waste and increase resource recovery.’

4. The Strategy also includes a key action to:
‘Phase out single use plastics across City buildings.’

5. To further support the Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy a Plastic Wise Program Action Plan was also adopted by Council on 28 April 2020. The Plastic Wise Program included an action to develop a Single-Use Plastics Policy.

Key Matters
6. Council has a leadership opportunity to reduce single use plastics by adopting the Prevention of Single-Use Plastics Policy.

7. The purpose of the policy is to set out the City’s commitment to progressively eliminate the use of single-use plastic products from all council operations and council managed events.

8. The policy will also apply to organised activities held at all sites owned and managed by the City.

9. The City is committed to eliminating single-use plastics because:
9.1 Plastics do not biodegrade and therefore cause long-term pollution to our natural environment; and
9.2 Greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of single-use plastics contribute to global climate change.

10. That Council :
10.1 Note the environmental harm caused by single-use plastics; and
10.2 Adopt the Prevention of Single-Use Plastics Policy.

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The Sustainable Hour no 330:
Climate alleviation with plants, drinks and Twitter memes

In our Hiatus Tunnel on 2 September 2020, we have three dynamic people who are all passionate community solution seekers.

Founder of the Climate Factory Edwina Robinson tells us how her not-for-profit creates cool outdoor havens. Their community based decision-making process can be rolled out anywhere using locally sourced plants.

Dean Callaghan – also known as Deano Goodbrew – is the founder, CEO and Abundance Generator at Goodbrew Kombucha. Deano regales us in his unique way about how his team operates as a greater-world-values driven corporation. We also learn how the ideas for new flavours for his probiotics come to him. We are sure that you’ll agree with us that Deano is a truly unique and very likeable character.

“We can set the narrative,” says climate activist Dan Bleakley as he shows us yet another solution focusing on the use of social media to educate people about the extent of political corruption and the tangled web they weave with fossil fuel companies. Dan is part of a group called Access Disrupt. They have started producing memes on Twitter – tiles which highlight individual politicians and what they are doing that is cause for concern. Long may this continue, till we repair our political system in Australia.

In this week’s Global Outlook, Colin Mockett firstly takes us back to Mauritius where we see further consequences to the horrible oil spill from the Japanese ship that ran aground there. Following this, he reveals the shocking conclusions that came out of a combined study by a number of English universities using NASA satellite imagery over a 30-year period. Finally, he brings us home and highlights the extent to which our current federal government government is prepared to go to support fossil fuel projects. Support which in fact flies in the face of the science that is screaming out to us that we must stop digging up, transporting and burning fossil fuels.

The Australian-British band Harriet Comfort calls for us to join the rebellion as they launch their new single this week, ‘Time Is Now’.

Till we return next week, Geelong and district residents and ratepayers, remember to follow our four women Gas Free Geelong candidates in the City of Greater Geelong elections in October. They are looking for volunteers who’ll support them with getting their campaign known in our community. Time has come for us to engage with our friends, colleagues and neighbours to #VoteTheDifference.

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“People know there is a lot of fossil fuel corruption out there, however it’s really hard to grasp how much there is because you never see all together. That’s why we created Access Disrupt. We synthesise complex issues down into easily digestible memes and threads.”
~ Dan Bleakley, climate activist and co-founder Access Disrupt

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