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Council Sustainability

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. 

Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Council’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy was adopted in 2014 to advance environmental sustainability across all business units of the organisation.  A range of actions are set based around corporate sustainability, community sustainability and the natural environment.  Council also recognises the triple bottom line of environment, community and economy and has adopted this for sustainability.

Climate Change and Peak Oil Risk and Adaptation Plan

A change of climate will have a broad range of implications for local government who are charged for with maintaining the provisions of services into the future regardless of changing or increasing exposure to climate, weather and natural hazards.  The actions from the Environmental Sustainability Strategy were informed by the Climate Change and Peak Oil – Risk Assessment and Adaptation Plan. 


Energy Reduction Plan

Council adopted the Rural City of Wangaratta Energy Reduction plan in 2017. The plan outlines Council’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 2006 – 2016.  A number of recommendations for greenhouse gas emissions after 2016 are noted in the Action Plan. 

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