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Waterwise Competition

Waterwise Competitions

Communities across Australia celebrate National Water Week from 21-27 October and this year there are great prizes up for grabs...

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MyCoffs Connect

MyCoffs Connect

MyCoffs Connect is a new online space and app for the local community to find out what’s on, join a group, or access services...

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LG IT Conference

LG IT Conference

Coffs Harbour City Council are organising the 21st Local Government Information Technology Conference from 28 - 30 November 2018.

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Lego

Lego® Bots Do Battle in a Coffs FIRST

Lego® battlebots will go head-to-head next month in the very first Lego® League Qualifying Event ever held in Coffs Harbour.

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MiRA

Community Thanked for Marysville Fund-Raising

The Coffs Harbour community has been thanked for its generosity today at a ceremony to mark the opening of MiRA – the new Marysville Information + Regional Artspace...

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Library

Coffs Harbour Joins Statewide Library Funding Push

Coffs Harbour City Council has joined other local councils in a united effort across NSW to call on the State Government to double its funding to help fill a shortfall that threatens...

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Sustainable Coffs

Sustainable Living in Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour City Council is committed to supporting the community to live lightly and care for our natural environment. The Sustainable Living program delivers a free program of events, workshops, campaigns and nature based tours. To find out how you can get involved follow or subscribe to Our Living Coast and stay connected to the latest news, events and ideas for Sustainable Living.

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability has a number of definitions and the terms including  sustainable development and ecologically sustainable development which 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 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 definition that is most widely accepted throughout the world and comes from 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 Plane​t Living​:

  
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​Ensure buildings and activities are energy efficient and deliver all energy with renewable technologies

  

​Reduce waste by avoidance, reuse and recycling, maximising diversion of waste from landfill.

  

​Reduce the need to travel, and encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions.

  

​Use sustainable and healthy products, such as those with low embodied energy, locally sourced, and made from renewable or recycled resources.

  

​Support sustainable and humane farming, promoting access to healthy, low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste.

  

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

  

​Protect and restore biodiversity and natural habitats through appropriate land use management and planning.

  

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

  

​Create bioregional economies that support equity and diverse local employment and international fair trade.

  

​Encourage active, sociable and meaningful lives to promote good health and wellbeing.​