A NEW environment and sustainability strategy is in development to guide Corangamite Shire Council programs, practices and services for the next five years.
While discussion with a variety of key stakeholders from across the shire is under way, the council now wants to hear from the people.
Interested residents can have their input into the development of this important strategy through an online survey as well as various face to face consultation sessions to be held throughout the district.
Corangamite Shire mayor Chris O’Connor said the environment and sustainability strategy’s development was a key priority for the council.
“(It will) ensure that various environmental and sustainability issues can be addressed and so that council can continue to achieve improved environmental and sustainability management practices in line with our community’s expectations,” Cr O’Connor said.
“I encourage all interested residents to provide their input through the online survey or via one of the consultation sessions that will be held throughout the shire.”
The first opportunity to speak with council officers and discuss various environmental and sustainability issues will be held on October 19 at the Cobden Spring Festival.
Further opportunities for residents to provide their input into the strategy will occur throughout the two-month consultation period.
Once confirmed, the dates and locations of these events will be advertised in the events calendar and the latest news sections of the council’s website.
Feedback received as part of the consultation period will be used to develop the draft environment and sustainability strategy, which is expected to be made available for public comment in early 2014.
For further information on the development of the environment and sustainability strategy, please contact the council’s environment project officer Jileena Baensch on 5593 7100.