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What is Sustainability?

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Sustainability has many definitions and the terms above are used interchangeably.

Sustainability is essentially about enjoying a high quality of life within our fair share of the earth’s resources, or more simply - enough for everyone, for ever.

Council's Sustainability Policy (2013) defines sustainability as being "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

This is the most commonly accepted definition throughout the world and comes from the ​World Commission on Environment and Development, Brundtland Report, 1987 (Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development)

Australia uses the term 'ecologically sustainable development (ESD) which is defined in the 1992 National Strategy for ESD as: Development that improves the total quality of life, both now and in the future, in a way that maintains the ecological processes on which life depends.


What are the principles of sustainability?

Council is committed to focusing it's sustainability efforts in the following key areas, based on the ten principles of One Planet Living​:

  • ​Zero Carbon - Ensure buildings and activities are energy efficient and deliver all energy with renewable technologies.

  • Reduce Waste - Reduce waste by avoidance, reuse and recycling, maximising diversion of waste from landfill.

  • Sustainable Transport - Reduce the need to travel, and encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions.

  • Local and Sustainable Materials - Use sustainable and healthy products, such as those with low embodied energy, locally sourced, and made from renewable or recycled resources.

  • Local and Sustainable Food - Support sustainable and humane farming, promoting access to healthy, low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste.

  • Sustainable Water - Use water efficiently in all buildings and operations. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding, drought and water course pollution.

  • Land Use and Biodiversity - Protect and restore biodiversity and natural habitats through appropriate land use management and planning.

  • Culture and Community - Respect and revive local identity, wisdom and culture; encouraging the involvement of people in shaping their community and creating a new culture of sustainability.

  • Equity and Local Economy - Create bioregional economies that support equity and diverse local employment and international fair trade.

  • Health and Happiness - Encourage active, sociable and meaningful lives to promote good health and wellbeing.​