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, three themes and four projects within these themes have been identified in the Program to focus on for the next 12-18 months. Community and Council activities will also continue within other environmental themes and these will also be captured by the Program.
The Program includes adopting the One Planet Framework to provide the credible metrics and accountability that can help us benchmark our performance against international standards. 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.
"This strategy has been created hand-in-hand with the community. We're very proud of it and it's a great thing to be part of"
"Council exists to help our community and environment to thrive. environmental leadership is central to who we are."
"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."