Draft Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Thank you for contributing to this consultation. This consultation has now closed and the Project Team are reviewing all feedback received and will report back as soon as possible.

To align with Our Future in Focus - Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027, Council is reviewing the current 2014-2023 Environmental Sustainability Action Plan and we would like to hear from you by completing the survey below.

The Environmental Sustainability Action Plan was first adopted in 2011 and reviewed in 2014, producing the current 2014-2023 Action Plan. This review proposes the development of an Environmental Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan to set out Council's strategic direction, key themes and targets, and actions to deliver sustainable outcomes.

This consultation is open until 31 October 2018.


Thank you for contributing to this consultation. This consultation has now closed and the Project Team are reviewing all feedback received and will report back as soon as possible.

To align with Our Future in Focus - Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027, Council is reviewing the current 2014-2023 Environmental Sustainability Action Plan and we would like to hear from you by completing the survey below.

The Environmental Sustainability Action Plan was first adopted in 2011 and reviewed in 2014, producing the current 2014-2023 Action Plan. This review proposes the development of an Environmental Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan to set out Council's strategic direction, key themes and targets, and actions to deliver sustainable outcomes.

This consultation is open until 31 October 2018.


  • Draft targets aim for a greener Lake Mac future

    7 months ago
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    Maintaining a green canopy covering more than half of Lake Macquarie and diverting more than 75 per cent of household waste from landfill are among the 10-year targets proposed for a new draft Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

    Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking community input to develop the strategy – an update on the city’s existing Environmental Sustainability Action Plan.

    Acting Manager Sustainability Chris Harle said the time had come for an overhaul of the original ESAP, adopted in 2011 and reviewed in 2014.

    “Lake Macquarie is one of the most liveable and ecologically diverse local government areas in NSW,” Ms...

    Maintaining a green canopy covering more than half of Lake Macquarie and diverting more than 75 per cent of household waste from landfill are among the 10-year targets proposed for a new draft Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

    Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking community input to develop the strategy – an update on the city’s existing Environmental Sustainability Action Plan.

    Acting Manager Sustainability Chris Harle said the time had come for an overhaul of the original ESAP, adopted in 2011 and reviewed in 2014.

    “Lake Macquarie is one of the most liveable and ecologically diverse local government areas in NSW,” Ms Harle said.

    “This review proposes the development of a plan that sets out our strategic directions, key themes and targets, and actions to deliver sustainable outcomes.

    “It looks at how we can continue to protect, sustain and enhance our natural landscapes, from the coast and the lake to the bush, the mountains and the places where urban development and nature meet.”

    Proposed targets for the draft ESS are divided across four broad themes:

    • Protecting and enhancing our natural landscapes;

    • Supporting resilient communities;

    • Creating an even more liveable city; and

    • Valuing our finite resources

    In total, 25 targets are proposed, with a 2027 deadline for reaching them.

    They include:

    • Maintaining at least 55 per cent native vegetation cover across Lake Macquarie;

    • Increasing lake and waterway health by 20 per cent, compared to a 2007 baseline;

    • Diverting 75 per cent of domestic and commercial waste from landfill;

    • Increasing the proportion of land in Lake Macquarie with a conservation status by five per cent, compared to a 2007 baseline; and

    • Doubling the ratio of infill development to greenfield development, compared to a 2007 baseline.

    “These are all important targets towards which we must strive,” Ms Harle said.

    “But this strategy will also cover other aspects aimed at creating a more safe, attractive and inclusive city.

    “Things like increasing the number of homes within 400m of a public transport stop, improving pedestrian access to our economic centres and providing residents with the information and resources they need to prepare for and respond to natural disasters and other adverse events.”

    Ms Harle urged the community to complete a survey and provide feedback on the draft strategy via shape.lakemac.com.au/ess.

    A short video outlining the plan is available here.

    Consultation closes Wednesday 31 October.