Our Low Carbon Future Strategy ended in 2020. To replace this, Council committed to develop a Climate Action Plan in its final meeting of 2019. 

The Climate Action Plan will:

  • Bring our existing environmental sustainability commitments and actions into one plan.
  • Define the direction we take in response to the challenges of climate change over the next decade.
  • Inform our decisions regarding sustainability. 

During the development of the Boroondara Community Plan, our community told us what they valued. This included our trees, native plants and animals, as well as activities that support the ongoing health of our environment.

As we look towards the next decade, we believe we are in a good position to continue to make a difference and work with our community to further reduce our city’s environmental footprint.

Our sustainability achievements so far 

Over the past decade, we have developed and implemented various policies and actions to make our city more sustainable. Some examples include:

Energy efficiency and renewable energy

  • Installing low emissions technologies and energy efficiency upgrades such as LED lighting.
  • Switching to energy-efficient street lighting.
  • Building or renovating council buildings to a high sustainability standard.
  • Installing solar photovoltaics (PV) on council buildings.
  • Purchasing renewable electricity.

More information at Reducing our carbon emissions.

Sustainable water use and healthy waterways

  • Using water efficiently at council buildings, gardens and sportsgrounds.
  • Harvesting rainwater and storm water.
  • Preventing pollution from our streets entering our waterways and Port Phillip Bay.

More information at Managing our water and waterways.

Waste management and recycling

  • Introducing our FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) waste collection service.
  • Providing comprehensive kerbside and depot-based recycling services. 
  • Using recycled materials in council buildings and works including use of recycled materials in road surfacing.
  • Providing community education materials, subsidised worm farms and composters and free community education workshops.

Sustainable community transport

  • Providing and upgrading cycle and walking paths.
  • Creating more pedestrian friendly street environments and high quality urban centres which are less car-dominated.
  • Introducing measures to better manage traffic, public transport, cycling and walking on congested roads and particularly in urban centres.

More information at Cycling and walking.

Protecting and enhancing biodiversity

  • Protecting and restoring remnant vegetation and creating new biodiversity zones.
  • Supporting the community to enhance their own gardens for biodiversity through our award winning Backyard Biodiversity Project. 
  • Protecting our significant habitat trees.
  • Installing log hollows to support and enhance the sugar glider population along the Yarra River.

More information at Biodiversity

Your feedback is important

We are inviting everyone who lives, works, studies or visits Boroondara to share their feedback and ideas on the development of our Climate Action Plan.

Phase 1: August to September 2020

We received 1567 responses and thousands of ideas and recommendations from our community.

The aim was to get a better understanding of your sustainable behaviours and ambitions and identify priorities to be included in the Climate Action Plan.

See Phase 1 summary of findings.

Phase 2: March 2021

This consultation was about ensuring we had heard you correctly in Phase 1, as well as providing an additional opportunity to share further suggestions and ideas. 

The 2 ways to have your say included:

  • Completing an online survey before Wednesday 31 March 2021.
  • Attending an online community forum on Tuesday 30 March 2021.

Your feedback is currently being used to help define the draft Climate Action Plan in detail.

Phase 3: July to August 2021

After hearing our community’s feedback and ideas, we have developed a draft Climate Action Plan to deliver on the issues that are important to you.

The draft plan is available to view below. 

You can share your feedback on the draft plan before 4 August 2021 by completing our online survey.

You can also request to receive a hard copy of the survey or to complete it over the phone by contacting us at [email protected] or on 9278 4444.

Stay informed

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