Sustainability Policies & Plans

Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2030

Sustainability is one of Council's eight core values. As such, equity, preservation, justice and precaution are important principles that help focus everything we do at North Sydney.

Relating specifically to environmental sustainability, the

Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2030 (2MB)

sets targets for Council’s own operations, and the community to help achieve our environmental goals. These include acting on Council’s climate emergency declaration, protecting native plants and animals, looking after our waterways, reducing waste to landfill and using resources wisely.

This strategy builds on Council’s issue-specific plans and other strategies that help Council and the community to reduce our environmental footprint. Its targets are also informed by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data and projections, the North Sydney community profile, and the planning priorities and actions identified in relevant state and national plans and strategies. Its themes and targets are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goals are the international best practice standard for sustainability reporting and are used by all levels of government in Australia and almost half of the ASX 200 companies in their business plans and annual reports.

The first step in developing the strategy was to develop a

Environmental Sustainability Future Directions Paper (2MB) 

which provided a comprehensive review of local, state, federal and international strategies, analyses and forecasting; as well as the rationale and analysis for proposed strategic environmental sustainability targets and actions to 2030. It was prepared in-house in close collaboration with the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Project Control Group which consisted of staff from across all divisions of Council

 

State of the Environment Report

Council reports on environmental outcomes through its Annual Reports, and every 4 years in its End of Term report.

Up until 2012 Councils were required to prepare separate State of the Environment Reports (SoE). These were comprehensive reports on the core elements of environmental health. Copies of these reports, including those produced on behalf of Council by the Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC), are available below:

2012 Regional State of the Environment Report (4MB)

2011 Regional State of the Environment Report (4MB)

2010 Regional State of the Environment Report (4MB)

2009 Regional State of the Environment Report (3MB)

2008 Regional State of the Environment Report (2MB)

2007 Regional State of the Environment Report (2MB)

2006 Regional State of the Environment Report (2MB)

2005 Regional State of the Environment Report (2MB)

2004 State of the Environment Report (3MB)

& 2004-2005 State of the Environment Indicators (19KB)

2003 State of the Environment Report (2MB)

2002 State of the Environment Report (970KB)

2001 State of the Environment Report (1MB)

2000 State of the Environment Report (1MB)