Waratah-Wynyard Council’s commitment to environmental responsibility was vindicated at the 2021 Local Government Professionals Tasmania Annual Awards ceremony held last week.
Council’s Integrated Council Environmental Plan (iCEP) 2020-2030 took out the Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Award; recognition that came almost one year to the day since the draft plan was released for public consultation on World Environment Day, 2020 (June 5).
The iCEP is a 10-year, evidence-based plan that reflects current research and technical insight.
It sets out key priorities across five areas of council and community life so that residents, workers and visitors can enjoy the benefits of a more secure future.
“The natural environment is one of the municipality’s most important assets and is central to our local identity,” Waratah-Wynyard Acting Mayor Mary Duniam said.
“Our land and coastlines support a high level of animal and plant biodiversity, as well as being highly valued by our community for the benefits of supporting recreation, health and wellbeing.
“At the same time, we recognise we are facing unprecedented challenges as the impacts of global climate change is felt by ecosystems and communities.”
Significant community input helped shape the final plan, which was adopted by Council at the Council Meeting of August 2020.
“More than 250 responses were received during the consultation period, which sent a message to Council that climate action is important to the Waratah-Wynyard community” Acting Mayor Duniam said.
“It is important to Council that the Plan is evidence-based, but also that it responds to the community’s hopes and concerns.”
More information can be found on the Waratah-Wynyard Council website’s iCEP page.
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