City of Parramatta wins Local Government Environment Awards
The City of Parramatta has been honoured at the NSW Local Government Environmental Excellence awards winning the category for its Environmental Sustainability Strategy.
The strategy talks to crafting more usable green space, more waterways to swim in and relax around, a greater commitment to energy efficiency within buildings and the continued evolution of cycling and walking tracks. According to City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Councillor Andrew Wilson, the approach ensures Parramatta’s future will be one of resilience, efficiency and natural beauty.
“As Sydney’s Central City, Parramatta is growing rapidly and we need to prepare for the many challenges this may bring – and Council’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy is one key way we are doing this.”
“Through this initiative, Council is working to ensure Parramatta continues to be a wonderful place to live. This award is well-deserved recognition of the value and effectiveness of our work in this field.”
- City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson.
The strategy also outlines how Parramatta will blueprint and offset the effects of adverse weather such has heatwaves and heavy flooding, improve waste management, explore alternative sources of energy and empower communities to develop and implement their own sustainable solutions to localised environmental issues.
Council’s Riverside Theatres also won the “Leading Behaviour Change in Waste” category for its “To bin or not to bin, that is the question” waste reduction campaign.
Riverside Theatres has already reduced the waste sent to landfill by over 60 percent (by weight and volume) in the first year of the campaign with the aim of reducing 90 percent by 2038.
Efficiencies were realised by removing single-use plastics in the theatre, making it easier for waste to be collected and sorted, buying in bulk to reduce packaging, more proficient food ordering and opting for reusable cloth towels instead of paper.
The City of Parramatta Council has prepared their 2017/18 progress report showcasing the achievements from the first year of delivering the Environmental Sustainability Strategy. Successes include the planting of over 11 thousand trees and the release of Flood Smart the community flood warning service.
Read the full report, a snapshot or the progress report by clicking on the download PDF links below.