The natural environment is one of Waratah-Wynyard’s most important assets and is central to our local identity.
Our land and coastlines support a rich level of animal and plant biodiversity, as well as being highly valued by our community for the benefits of supporting recreation, health and wellbeing.
Alongside our natural environment sit our productive and developed environments, where industry and business operate and where people live. Occasionally, there can be friction between the needs of our natural, productive and built environments.
At the same time, we recognise we are facing unprecedented challenges as the impacts of global climate change is felt by ecosystems and communities.
As Council’s commitment to addressing some of these conflicts and getting the balance between them right, the Waratah-Wynyard Council set out to develop its first Integrated Council Environmental Plan (iCEP).
The iCEP is a ten-year, evidence-based plan reflective of current research and technical insight. It sets out our key priorities across five areas of council and community life so that our residents, workers and visitors can enjoy the benefits of a more secure future.
Requiring partnership with council and the community to succeed, the creation of the plan also involved feedback from the community to evolve and grow into the document it is today.
During the developmental stage, community members supported iCEP by contributing in workshops and at street engagement activities at nominated locations, as well as through written feedback or through an online survey. Postcards were also made available at schools and pockets throughout the municipality, giving people the option of writing or drawing their thoughts.
Over 250 submissions were made during this process which were used to inform the final draft. Further details on this part of the engagement can be found by reading the iCEP Community & Stakeholder Consultation Report.
The draft iCEP was released to the community again on World Environment Day for further feedback on the plan and to make sure it was in line with the community’s expectations.
Generally, the feedback received was both positive and constructive, with the majority of respondents praising Council efforts to be proactive.
Upon consideration of the feedback received, the final iCEP includes greater priority given to actions that focus on building community capacity and adaption, linkages to the existing Health and Wellbeing Plan and a stronger emphasis placed on protecting and enhancing biodiversity.
Waratah-Wynyard Council is proud to present the inaugural iCEP and look forward to working with our community over the coming months and years.
There are many activities that council will be undertaking in the following year that support the principles of iCEP. Some of the key activities that Council plan to undertake during 2020/21 are:
- Continue to implement the mental health initiatives of the Waratah-Wynyard Community Health and Wellbeing Plan
- Development of a Corporate Sustainability Policy
- Development of a Municipal Environmental Policy
- French’s Road Masterplan Landcare actions
- Conduct coastal geotechnical and erosion control assessments
- Installation of a solar panel system for the use of renewable energy at the Wynyard Council Chambers
- Development of a management plan for Fossil Bluff and surrounds in partnership with the Wynyard Landcare group
- Continued implementation of actions from the Council’s Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy (further information can be found by visiting here)
- Installation of a recycling hub at the Wynyard Council Chambers
- Continued planning for the provision of shared-use pathways at Cam River and along the coast
- Continued development of a Settlement Strategy
- Partner with the Sisters Beach Community Association to source funding for the installation of virtual fencing devices on the Sisters Beach Road
- Take a lead role in regional policy development on cat management
- Continue to work towards eradication of invasive weed species such as gorse and sea spurge
More information can be found by reading Council’s Integrated Council Environmental Plan: