Western Australia

City of Perth seeks feedback on Draft Environmental Strategy

THE City of Perth has called for public comment on its Draft Environmental Strategy that sets out its priorities to become a more environmentally sustainable city over the next 15 years.

In a statement, City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said part of the City's Strategic Community Plan: Vision 2029+, is that Perth establish itself as a place where the natural environment and built form exist in harmony.

City of Perth Draft Environment Strategy 2015-2031

"Our commitment is to increase community awareness of environmentally sustainable ways of living, and to ensure that Perth develops in a way that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the needs of future generations," Ms Scaffidi said.

"This will occur through the integration of environmental protection, social advancement and economic prosperity, to build a sustainable future for the City.

"Our success will be measured by reporting against the targets set out in the Draft Environment Strategy and participating in global reporting initiatives like the Carbon Disclosure Project."

Endorsed by Council last week, the Draft Environment Strategy addresses priorities for environmental improvements in the City of Perth's own operations, and seeks opportunities to collaborate, and facilitate community action.

"Now is the chance for the people of Perth to add their ideas on improving the environment," Ms Scaffidi said.

"The challenge we face now is finding out how each and every one of us can be a part of the solution."

The Draft Environment Strategy outlines five key focus areas:

  • Environmental Sustainability and Health;
  • Climate Response;
  • Energy Resilience;
  • Water Wise City; and
  • Waste Conscious City

Ms Scaffidi said the draft strategy represents another step forward in the development of a Strategic Environment Framework for the City.

"We are taking the lead to set and achieve sustainable environmental outcomes for the city and require collaborative action and commitment from each individual in our community," Ms Scaffidi said.

More information on the Draft Environment Strategy is available from the City of Perth's 'Engage Perth' website at <http://engage.perth.wa.gov.au/>. The consultation period ends on 26 August 2015.

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