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Council places greater focus on sustainability

Being sustainable is not only good for the environment, it also makes good financial sense and Council is getting on board.

Portfolio Councillor for Sustainability, Dr Dodt stated, “This is the first time that council has supported a policy specifically directing future actions to ensure a sustainable bright future”

At today’s Council meeting, Councillors unanimously voted in support of Council’s new Sustainability Policy, which will drive change throughout the organisation and the wider community.

The policy will prompt the organisation to consider issues of sustainability and apply it to things like Council’s corporate activities, greenhouse gas emissions, facilities management and procurement in an effort to achieve balance between growth, cost efficiency and environment.  

“Action toward an energy aware future will benefit our environment as well as our pockets.  Every small action contributes, and global change must begin locally”, Cr Dodt said.

Following today’s Council endorsement of the policy, Council officers begin implementation of an Energy Management Action Plan to identify ways to reduce energy consumption, which will be good for the environment and good for Council’s bottom line. 

Further sustainability initiatives include exploring longer-term solutions to land-fill gas emissions reduction, waste minimisation, recycling and resource recovery.   

Water efficiency will also be high on the sustainability agenda with Council and the community being encouraged to consider storm water harvesting and recycled water re-use. 

Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 12th February 2020 Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 12th February 2020

The old saying that ‘a week is a long time in politics’ was particularly true again at the federal level this week. Those issues aside, the Gympie region, like all others across the state, is gearing up for our local elections.  

These elections give the wider community the opportunity and democratic right to select the candidate that they wish to have a leadership role in the management of their community for the next four years.  

I would urge all residents to do their research on all candidates and get to know who they will be casting their vote for as the election date of 28 March fast approaches.  
I would also urge residents to heed another old saying; ‘actions speak louder than words’.  

Representing your constituents and the wider community as a duly elected councillor, in my opinion, is one of the greatest honours that could be bestowed upon an individual, however it is certainly not a popularity contest and nor should it be.  

Difficult decisions need to be made which will draw the ire of some while benefitting the majority.  You will be subjected to much more scrutiny and gossip than your family and friends will ever be.  
You will be required to adhere to stringent laws, policies and procedures which you may not have been required to previously.  But on the upside, you will represent your community and have a say and a role in delivering community services, projects and infrastructure for the benefit of the wider community and the region.  
Current councillors, over this term of council, should be proud of their contributions.  

I wish each and every resident who nominates to lead this community at the forth coming elections, all the very best. 

Mayor Mick Curran 

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