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Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Thank you for your interest in the development of the Southern Downs Environmental Sustainability Strategy (the Strategy). This Strategy will provide a framework of action that enhances our natural environment and benefits residents, visitors and industries. Four focus areas have been identified:

Valuing water Protecting nature Building economic resilience Reducing emissions

Consultation Process

To help us capture your ideas and understand your values and priorities, Council released a Discussion Paper, an online survey and held two pop-up community feedback sessions in Warwick and Stanthorpe.

The Discussion Paper summarised preliminary thoughts regarding what should be included in the Strategy.  The Strategy consultants attended 9 meetings with community groups, received 194 responses to the online survey and received 17 written submissions. In addition, over 40 people were engaged during the two pop-up sessions. We thank everyone for taking the time to contribute. The response to the Discussion Paper and the quality of responses demonstrates the community appetite for action on environmental sustainability.

The detailed feedback has informed the draft Strategy, revising targets and identifying actions as well as timeframes, roles and responsibilities. This document is the first of its kind for Council and presents a significant step forward in responding to the environmental challenges which face our region. Finding the balance in managing the environment, living amongst and using the natural resources, and leaving a responsible legacy for future generations is complex, and affects almost every area of Council business and community life.

Emerging feedback themes

  • A desire for Council to 'lead by example'
  • Support for achievable and aspirational actions and targets
  • Support for the four identified focus areas
  • Recognition that Council may need additional resources and expertise the implement the Strategy

What happens next

The draft Strategy was made available for public comment from Thursday, 25th March 2021 until close of business on Monday, 12th April 2021. Feedback received during this period is still being reviewed and will shape the final document.

Register your interest

If you would like to receive information via email on Council's Sustainability programs and initiatives please send an email to to register your interest.

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