Environmental Protection and Regeneration
We are fortunate to live in a green and leafy shire but many in our community are deeply concerned at the creeping degradation and destruction, both from climate change and also from rampant and sometimes inappropriate over development. Once lost, we cannot buy this back.
Greens on Council will:
- Incorporate the Rights of Nature into future operations and planning
- Increase efforts to conserve local threatened species (platypus, koala, blue gum high forest) and their habitat. Work to protect, regenerate and rewild native bushland so that native bird and animal species can survive alongside suburbia, subject to appropriate consultation with the Dharug people.
- Increase funding for environmental and bush restoration groups and increase opportunities for community engagement and education. Facilitate an environmental citizens advisory committee to liaise between the community and the council on environmental concerns.
- Support the Environment Centre at Annangrove by funding it to be open all week instead of 1 day per week and promoting it to the community.
- Create more community gardens and pollination corridors to increase biodiversity and community self sufficiency and connection.
- Ensure public buildings and infrastructure adopt best-practice design by minimising energy and water consumption, generating solar energy, and using eco-friendly materials.
- Incorporate ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’ in building and maintenance and providing information services for the public to learn about these principles. Look for opportunities to participate in a circular economy.