Logo
Skip Links

Climate-related plans and strategies

A picturesque farm in a foggy valley.

This page includes information about Council plans and strategies that relate to sustainability, the protection of our environment and climate change.

Environment strategy

The Mount Alexander Shire Council Environment Strategy 2015 - 2025 sets out Council’s long-term goals and strategic approach to environmental stewardship over the next ten years, under eight priority areas.

The eight priority areas for action fall under the overarching themes of partnerships, positions and programs to guide Council’s work in environment and sustainability.

Priority areas include partnering with the community and external organisations, reducing resource consumption and improving resource recovery, protecting natural environmental assets, integrating Council’s response to climate change, leading by example and incorporating environmental and sustainable considerations into decision making.

Many priority areas for action are linked to each other, such as managing greenhouse gases from waste to tackle climate change. Action plans under the priority areas are being developed with further consultation with the community, to deliver change in areas such as urban waterway management, waste management, asset management and water use.

The Environment Strategy will be reviewed every four years, and strategic actions implemented as part of the strategy will be reported in the Annual Plan each year. Council will also undertake further consultation with the community when developing action plans in priority areas.

This evaluation plan outlines the monitoring, evaluation and reporting plan for the Environment Strategy. This schedule lists the delivery time frames or current actions related to the tasks outlined in the strategy.

Climate change action plan

Human influence on the global climate system is responsible for global warming and the related impacts on people and ecosystems and so strong and effective global and local action on climate change is in everyone's interest.

The Mount Alexander Shire Council Climate Change Action Plan 2016 - 2020 outlines more than 60 actions that Council will take to radically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change vulnerability.

The Action Plan states Council's commitment to becoming carbon neutral in 2025.

The plan was adopted by Council on the 14 June 2016.

Roadmap to carbon neutrality: emissions reduction plan for our operations

Council adopted its Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality 2020 - 2025 : Emissions reduction plan for our operations in August 2020. The roadmap sets out Council]s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its own operations across its vehicle fleet, buildings, street lighting, procurement and waste management.

Actions will lead to meeting our target of zero net emissions by 2025 and will entail investment in offsetting activities that “net out” those emissions that cannot be reduced. Actions are prioritised according to a cost-benefit analysis to ensure that Council invests in actions with the best returns while maintaining its services and a sustainable long term budget.

Climate adaption plan

In 2014 Council adopted the Regional Climate Adaptation Plan which identifies the risks, vulnerabilities and priority climate change adaptation actions for six partner Councils in the Southern Loddon Mallee Region.

In 2019 - 2020 Council will be working in partnership with the ADAPT Loddon Mallee Program of the State Government to assist our community to meaningfully contribute to the Regional Climate Summit in July 2020.

Emergency management

Local government plays a significant role in engaging local communities, building resilience and helping communities plan for emergencies and disasters.

Through our Integrated Municipal Emergency Management Plan, Council works with other councils, various agencies and the community to undertake prevention and mitigation activities to reduce the likelihood, or minimise the consequences, of emergencies that may occur in the area, including floods, bushfires, heatwaves, pest incursions and disease.

Climate change and health

Our Council is one of many organisations and agencies required to comply with the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (2019 – 2023), which includes the strategic objective of Tackling climate change and its impact on health.

Within this framework, Council is working to better understand and assess the risks of climate change to public health, promote community adaptation to the public health risks associated with climate change, and assess the health co-benefits of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Waste management

In 2020 the Castlemaine landfill was closed and general waste destined for landfill collected and processed by our contractor Veolia at their Patho site.

A landfill rehabilitation plan will be implemented over 2020 - 2022 that will see the site’s fugitive emissions capped and flared resulting in an expected decrease in locally generated greenhouse emissions by up to 80%.

Council will be investing in a resource recovery centre at the site and investigating actions to assist the community in reducing waste to landfill in line with our long term goal of towards zero waste.

Walking and cycling

Council will be reviewing and updating the Walking and Cycling Strategy 2010 - 2020.

The revised document will be an innovative guide that identifies why, where and how Council will invest in encouraging and increasing the number and proportion of people in the shire who regularly walk and/or ride bicycles for transport and recreation.

The document will identify what can be done by Council and will also be a key advocacy tool for attracting investments from external grant sources. It will guide Council’s continuing investment in upgrading footpaths and trails.

Planning scheme and climate change

The Mount Alexander Planning Scheme outlines strategies to increase the shire’s resilience to the adverse effects of climate change by discouraging certain land use and development activities that would place society at greater risk, and encouraging developments that capture and re-use water.

The scheme also seeks to minimise risks such as flooding, soil degradation and bushfire risk through a range of targeted strategies, guidelines and strategic work specific to our region.

Integrated water management

Council acknowledges the aim of Integrated Water Management (IWM) and the importance of managing water supply and demand carefully within our climate impacted environment.

Council has recently commissioned an IWM plan for Castlemaine to assist with the protection of waterways, to gain advice regarding climate resilient water supply and assess options for water sensitive urban design in future developments within Castlemaine.

Powered by