Public say in sustainability strategy

RESIDENTS in the Corangamite Shire can provide feedback on a draft environment and sustainability strategy after councillors voted to send the document to public exhibition. 

The strategy will guide the council’s environment and sustainability program, practices and services for the next five years. 

Manager of environment and emergency Lyall Bond told last week’s council meeting in Cobden the draft strategy was a comprehensive document and officers had worked with key stakeholders, including the Country Fire Authority, Landcare and local farmers. 

Cr Ruth Gstrein said it was important council showed leadership and set ambitious but achievable targets. 

“I’d strongly encourage everyone to get a copy, have a look and provide feedback. It’s a very comprehensive document and a very important document,” Cr Gstrein said. 

Cr Neil Trotter said strategies don’t just come out of thin air and this was the community’s chance to have input.

Mayor Chris O’Connor said development of the document was a key priority and a wide range of consultation had been completed as part of its preparation. 

“The strategy will ensure council can continue to achieve improved environmental and sustainability management practices in line with our communities’ expectations,” Cr O’Connor said. 

Submissions close on Monday, May 12. 

jwoolley@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

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