Holdfast Bay’s environmental roadmap for the next five years has been finalised with confirmation of the new Environment Strategy.
Adopted at this week’s council meeting, the document sets out the practical and meaningful actions council will undertake, leading to many positive outcomes for our community and environment.
Among the goals set out in the strategy is to increase the tree canopy coverage across Holdfast Bay from 15.3% to 16.8% by 2030.
Work on this has already started with a record-breaking winter tree planting program this year, which saw more than 940 new trees planted.
Another goal is to become a carbon neutral council and community by 2030 and install a minimum of five electric vehicle charging stations.
A decision at this week’s council meeting to allocate $70,000 to undertake a Coastal Adaptation Scoping Study will help fulfil a commitment in the strategy to have the plan completed by 2022.
The aim of the plan will be to mitigate the risks and impacts of climate change and future sea-level rises.
Among other points included in the Environment Strategy are:
- Complete the Sturt Creek biodiversity corridor by 2025.
- Increase waste diverted from landfill from 59% to 70% between 2020 and 2025.
- Increase the volume of stormwater diverted from the coast through installation of rain gardens and TreeNet Inlets.
- Conduct at least 30 environmental community activities per year.
- Increase number of environmental volunteers by 50% between 2020 and 2025.