Council’s strategic goals for the environment include;
Council reports on and updates trends in environmental indicators, and identifies major environmental impacts in the State of the Environment Report.
Council has developed Strategic Planning documents to support the protection of biodiversity and natural resources in the Shire. Biodiversity and natural resources are taken into consideration when Council undertakes and assesses development in the Shire, with considerations integrated into the planning and development control processes of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, natural resource management legislation - such as the Native Vegetation Act 2003, and the Young Local Environmental Plan 2010 (Young LEP 2010).
The Young LEP 2010
The LEP, gazetted in August 2010, supports the protection of sensitive areas through the establishment of the E1 (National Parks and Nature Reserves) and E2 (Environmental Management) zones, and the development of natural resource mapping to assist in the identification of the following;
Environmental Initiatives Committee
Council Council’s Environmental Initiatives Committee (EIC) is a section 355 committee of Council which meets bi-monthly and helps to shape public policy in environmental matters. Members of the committee have expertise, knowledge and a genuine interest in the areas of waste management, land management; and environmental matters including air, water, ecology, sustainability and ‘green’ technologies.
There are many things individuals can do to help promote biodiversity. These include: