Sustainability Policies & Plans

The Community Strategic Plan sets a strategic direction for where the community of North Sydney wants to be in the year 2020.

Council has developed associated policies and plans that will ensure the vision of that plan is achieved. Future documents produced by Council and subsequent decisions made by Council will be tested against the Community Strategic Plan to ensure that Council is working towards the achievement of its vision.

 

Greenhouse Action and Water Management

Since the early 2000's, North Sydney Council has been constructively focussed on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and potable water consumption within its municipality. These efforts have been focussed on both Council's own operations and supporting and influencing the community to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and water use.

On 22 June 2015 Council adopted the Greenhouse Action and Water Management Plan 2015-2020 as a consultant report to advise Council’s energy and water management actions and strategies. It also adopted a new Community greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 15% of 1996 baseline levels by 2020, and a new Community water reduction target of 10% of 2001/02 baseline levels by 2020 in line with the consultant's recommendations.

Council deferred adopting new 2030 Council greenhouse gas emission and water reduction targets until 2020 when the plan is due for revision.

Greenhouse Action and Water Management Plan 2015-2020 (3MB)

 

State of the Environment Report

The State of the Environment Report (SoE) is a comprehensive report on the core elements of environmental health. SoE reports are produced at all three levels of government, in an effort to track our progress and inform our response to environmental issues. The Report describes the pressures experienced, the impacts felt, and the responses made by the Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC) to the challenges we face.

2012 Regional State of the Environment Report (4MB)

 

North Sydney Council and the six other Councils that make up NSROC produce the regional SoE Report. The benefit of a regional report is that it enables the community and NSROC to have a greater understanding of the environment within a regional context. It also promotes opportunities for NSROC councils to act as a unified group in response to common challenges. Working together regionally has already yielded benefits including the sharing of ideas on sustainability reporting, environmental practices, innovation in the region and the forging of stronger regional links.

NSROC has also commissioned three studies that cover the economic, social and environmental impacts of population growth in the region from a local government perspective and suggest future actions that could ameliorate these impacts. Electronic copies and executive summaries can be viewed at nsroc.com.au

 

Previous State of the Environment Reports

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)