Sustainable Living

Current opportunity - help shape drought support

The Victorian Government is inviting public feedback on how best to support drought affected communities.

As part of the $27 million drought package announced in November, an online forum is providing an opportunity to comment on what other support can be provided to make a difference for those affected by drought.

Have your say on how best to allocate the $10 million Drought Response Fund to support drought affected farmers, their families and community.
Go to: http://www.oursay.org/victoriandrought


Council's Sustainable Living Strategy

Through the Council Plan 2013-17 and Council’s Sustainable Living Strategy, Northern Grampians Shire Council is committed to implementing sustainability measures through all sectors of the Shire to endure the economic, environmental and social health of the municipality.

Council’s vision is a more sustainable, productive and healthy community providing an inspirational positive legacy for future generations.

Council has appointed a Sustainable Living Project Officer to:

  • ensure Council makes the pursuit of sustainable living a priority when undertaking its operations and fulfilling its responsibilities;
  • highlight sustainability gaps, concerns and issues; and,
  • promote collective responsibility for sustainable living by engaging the community and supporting change.

At present, the Sustainable Living Project Officer is involved in a number of different projects and initiatives aimed at

  • improved integration of adaptation and sustainability planning and practice within Northern Grampians Shire and its operations
  • improved management of risks and impacts to public assets and infrastructure owned and managed by Council, including buildings, recreational reserves, drains, roads, road infrastructure, road-side and other native vegetation.
  • improved management of risks and impacts to Council service delivery, including planning and health services
  • maintenance of service delivery standards in the face of more extreme events and other sustainability stressors
  • increased energy and resource efficiency within Council
  • increased community engagement in adaptation and sustainability measures or initiatives
  • more effective and collaborative local and regional partnerships, collaboration and knowledge sharing

The Sustainable Living Project Officer’s position is wholly project-funded, with Council providing an in-kind contribution toward supervision, administrative support, office space, and  ICT.

The benefits provided to Council through sustainable living projects and initiatives include low cost capital improvements,   significant cost savings and reduced risk. They also demonstrate Council’s proactive leadership and advocacy on behalf of the community in the area of sustainability.