Council to focus on sustainability
THE FRASER Coast was sounding more like a Paradise Coast, or even iconic Noosa, after yesterday’s decision by councillors to adopt their 2010 Sustainability Charter.
The 26-page document prepared by the council’s executive management team with some minor input from the public, noted by the officers, describes how the council will achieve economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, social equity and leadership and advocacy.
“Council has a mandate to incorporate sustainability into all of its operations as a “way of doing business”, the charter says.
“Sustainability is a key element of council’s planning framework and is incorporated into all facets of decision-making and policy development.”
The charter features photographs, including one of Mayor Mick Kruger with centenarian Nell Porter planting a tree.
The hero lines alongside the mayor are from a Greek proverb: “A society grows great when men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
The council’s priority actions include:
Partner with educational organisations to engage the community and educate youth on sustainability issues;
Encourage the development of competitive local businesses;
Employ prudent and disciplined financial management strategies that balance community expectations with affordability;
Develop niche tourism markets including sport, business, leisure, cultural and eco-tourism;
Raise community awareness of the importance of local food production, celebrating the agricultural industry and establishing farming as an economically viable lifestyle; and
Develop a Green Office Guide, which promotes an energy efficient and environmentally friendly office through the purchase of energy-efficient office equipment, the use of recycled office materials, encouraging recycle and reuse and employing sustainable practices.
Phone 1300 794 929 or go to www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au for more.