Council's approach to sustainability means that management and operational decisions and actions must optimise the use of resources to maintain organisational viability, improve the environment and enhance social values and community engagement.
The Sustainability Directorate has responsibility for strategic and land use planning, environmental outcomes, organisational efficiency and viability.
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (UN 1983)
For the Rural City of Wangaratta, this means understanding the interdependence of the community, the environment and the economy. Management and operational decisions and actions taken by the Rural City of Wangaratta must optimise the use of resources to maintain organisational viability, improve the environment and enhance social values and community engagement.
Council and the community recognise that, “... good places to live do not just happen - they are built by vision, ideas and a commitment to work toward building a better place for a better future.” 2030 Community Vision
To monitor progress towards realising this aspiration Council has adopted a set of sustainability performance measures.
The Rural City of Wangaratta aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2016. Reducing emissions benefits the environment and reduces Council’s reliance on non-renewable energy sources. Public buildings account for a large amount of energy use and associated CO2 emissions. To address this, Council has retrofitted some of its existing buildings with solar photovoltaic (PV) cells to reduce energy usage, CO2 emissions and running costs. Solar PV panels installed on these buildings will pay back the cost of installation in five to seven years.
The Wangaratta Rural City Council is committed to addressing the current unsustainable use of regional water resources and is implementing the Sustainable Water Use Plan Program.
Council is committed to reducing waste output and reusing and recycling as much as is practical. An important part of achieving this has been recycling organics throughout the Wangaratta Government Centre worm farm as illustrated.
Council has developed a number of plans and strategies to assist in planning for a sustainable future.