Joint projects & an action plan for a more sustainable region 

‘Sustainability’ is defined as being able to meet the needs of the present without depleting resources or harming natural cycles on which future generations will depend. Planning for sustainability provides a framework for action which combines economic, social, environmental and governance approaches, issues and concerns.

Our communities continue to overwhelmingly tell us that safeguarding our environment is a priority that should be carefully balanced with protecting the way of life we all enjoy.

The awareness and action of people across the SHOROC region is vital in achieving sustainable outcomes. Each council has adopted measures to ensure its operations are moving towards sustainability. They also run programs for and with the community aimed at achieving environmental sustainability across a range of issues such as water conservation, biodiversity management, sustainable transport, energy reduction, waste avoidance and minimisation.

Individually and collectively our councils are seeking to create a vibrant sustainable region. Here’s a look at how SHOROC is working on collaboratively with the councils to aim for a truly sustainable region!.

What SHOROC is doing – the First Ever Regional Sustainability Strategy

Shaping Our Sustainable Future An action plan for creating a more sustainable SHOROC region together brings together for the first time a range of projects that will be delivered collectively by the SHOROC councils over the next four years to create a more sustainable region.

This document forms part two of the Shaping Our Future strategy. It is an action plan outlining the key areas the councils will work on together to improve our region’s sustainability, building on the already significant range of council projects already being delivered or in planning.

The action plan includes projects focussing on:

  • integrated transport
  • renewable energy
  • climate change
  • ecologically sustainable development
  • waste avoidance and re-use
  • water use
  • enhancing biodiversity
  • living and working more sustainably.

A good example is that the councils will be working together to maximise recycling and re-use of resources locally. Under the action plan, the councils will be working to divert 66 per cent of residential waste from landfill through the construction of new sorting and recycling facilities at Kimbriki and by implementing a common collection system.

Transport is another key priority. The councils will be working to improve public and community transport through detailed feasibility analysis and planning for the public transport network, a regional approach to cycling network and infrastructure delivery, and lobbying for funds for a regional Bus Rapid Transit system.

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