In 2015 Council advised that it wanted the Surf Coast Shire to be known internationally as environmental leaders. The Towards Environmental Leadership Program has been created to recognise existing achievements, to build on them and set directions for the future.
The Program is Council’s first paper free, digital and interactive Program. It has been created with input from key community members and groups including Council’s Environment and Rural Advisory Panel (ERAP). It is both a community and Council Program.
Whilst the environmental opportunities in the Shire are very broad, key themes and lighthouse projects within these themes will provide focus each year of the program. Community and Council activities will also continue within other environmental themes and these will also be captured by the Program.
The Program includes using the One Planet Framework as guiding principles. In adopting this framework Council is joining many leading government and private organisations from across the globe using One Planet to guide their environmental programs.
"Renewable energy is important for the Surf Coast because it brings jobs and investment."
"I'm proud the Surf Coast Shire has put a lot of focus and attention on food security."
"Our most important assets are nature, environment and the lifestyle it produces."
"If we look after the land, we end up with healthier animals and people. It mirrors nature."