To be sustainable, we need a balance between our economy, our society and our environment.  The Great Lakes population is continuing to grow, placing pressure on our human and natural environments, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, services and industries.

Great Lakes Council has a lead role in ensuring this region is heading towards a sustainable future. We've created and adopted a Sustainability Strategy. The Strategy contains an action plan to reduce our impact and protect our cultural and lifestyle values.

To read more, download a copy of the document below.

Helping to guide our sustainability projects was the "Sustainability Advisory Committee". This is was made up of a team of staff from various sections of Council. Together, they guided and helped to deliver sustainability projects. These projects are aimed at both the wider community, and our own internal practices.

Projects to date include:

  • Staff and Councillor training focused on sustainability for local government.
  • Undertaking energy and water saving initiatives to reduce costs and improve resource use.
  • Securing funding valued at $1.16 million to implement an Urban Sustainability Program.
  • Assessing the sustainability of Council activities using the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage Sustainability Health Check.
  • Investigating renewable energy opportunities to create jobs and build the local economy.
  • Partnering with the community (business, students and residents to name a few) to support sustainable living practices.