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Council will actively work to protect our natural environment, reduce the use of natural resources and support a high quality of life for present and future generations.

Council will demonstrate leadership, responsible planning and decision making to minimise the local and global impacts of our actions.

Policies, Strategies & Plans

Environmental Sustainability in Council

Council has an adopted an Environmental Sustainability Policy which outlines Council's policy position on environmental sustainability. Council also has an adopted Environmental Sustainability Strategy which outlines Council's goals and strategic direction in terms of environmental sustainability. The Environmental Sustainability Strategy also outlines actions that the community can implement to reduce their environmental impact.

Council is currently working on a number of corporate projects to reduce its impact on our surrounding environment. A selection of these projects include:

  • Implementation of Water and Energy Savings Action Plans. These actions plans identify Council's top ten water/ energy consuming facilities and outline Council's response and actions to reduce their water/ energy usage.
  • Monitoring of Council's energy, water and fuel usage and greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the day to day functions and services provided by Council.
  • Incorporation of environmental sustainability criteria into Council's purchasing procedures.
Case Study - Enhancing the energy efficiency of Council's Administration Building, Wollongong City Council

The Local Government and Shires Associations of New South Wales, in conjunction with Wollongong City Council produced a case study outlining Council's active steps taken to improve the overall operational efficiency of the administration building. To download the case study below, click below.

PDF iconCase Study - Wollongong City Council Administration Building

Case Study - Southern Gateway Tourist Visitor Centre lighting upgrade

As part of our work to improve the overall operational efficiency of our assets, we've recently upgraded the lighting at the Southern Gateway Tourist Visitor Centre (STVC) at Bulli Tops, in partnership with the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

By replacing 162 existing lights with 154 lights using LED technology, we've substantially reduced our energy consumption. This represents a saving of over $6000 per annum in energy use, as well as ongoing maintenance savings. To find out more about this project, read the case study below.

PDF iconCase Study - Southern Gateway Tourist Visitor Centre lighting upgrade

Completed Environmental Sustainability Programs

Sustainable Illawarra aimed at helping residents of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama Council areas to live more sustainably at home. This was a three year project funded from $2.2 million received from NSW Governments Environmental Trust. In addition, the three Councils also provided significant in-kind support and over 30 Council staff were involved in delivering the project from August 2007 - August 2010.

Sustainable Illawarra aimed at helping residents of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama Council areas to live more sustainably at home. This was a three year project funded from $2.2 million received from NSW Governments Environmental Trust. In addition, the three Councils also provided significant in-kind support and over 30 Council staff were involved in delivering the project from August 2007 - August 2010.

  • The delivery of the Sustainability Begins at Home community education program - an incredible 8,000 residents came along to join in the 123 sustainability workshops and events held through the Sustainability Begins at Home project between June 2008 and June 2010.
  • The creation of Illawarra Sustainability Roadmap and Sustainability Action Plans for the three Councils.
  • The construction of a stormwater reuse facility at a high use public place or sports field in each of the three Council areas.
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