Our ongoing sustainability program
Randwick City Council's special environmental levy funds our Sustaining our City program to carry out specific environmental improvements and sustainability initiatives.
For more information about the program have a look at:
- Sustaining our City 5 Year Environmental Program (pdf)
- Operational Plan - Outcome 10 (pdf)
- Summary of achievements (pdf)
- State of the Environment (pdf)
An award-winning sustainability initiative
The award-winning Sustaining Our City initiative continues to transform the City's approach to sustainability by carrying out a wide range of projects and programs to protect and improve the environment.
We all know that our environment is under more pressure than ever, facing issues such as:
The Sustaining Our City program, which started in October 2004, provides positive and practical projects that make tangible improvements to environmental protection and sustainability in our community.
Funded by a special five-year environmental levy, equivalent to around 20 cents a day per ratepayer, Sustaining Our City has also attracted on average, around $1 million each year in external grants from various levels of Government that support Council's sustainability efforts.
What is sustainability?
Generally, a process is considered sustainable if it can be carried out now and into the future, while still preserving biodiversity, natural ecosystems and the natural resources on which the process relies.
Sustainability is difficult to achieve with an ever-increasing world population using the limited natural resources such as the water in our rivers, the fish in our oceans and the timber in our forests, as well as non-renewable energy resources such as oil and coal.
Considering future generations
For all communities, the challenge of sustainability is to consider future generations in the decisions we make today: decisions which lead to a depletion of natural resources or generation of wastes beyond the regenerative capacities of the Planet. These challenges are being met via new technologies and a range of new programs that are sharpening the focus and response of communities and decision-makers to the challenges ahead.