“The Shoalhaven’s unique geographical position between the mountains and the sea sets us apart from many Local Government areas and is one of the key reasons for our focus on sustainability. Our natural environment is highly valued by our residents and attracts many visitors to our City. Through our connection with the Partnership, we are hoping to leverage our existing cost savings and sustainability measures to better meet the changing needs and expectations of our community, and take Shoalhaven to the next level. We are looking forward to sharing information and knowledge with other councils, and forming a supportive program that helps us move toward secure, sustainable, renewable energy and the cost benefits this will deliver to our community.”
Mayor Amanda Findley
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability:
Shoalhaven City Council’s Bay and Basin Leisure Centre provides the most recent example of Councils achievements in sustainability. The Centre is the largest of Council’s four leisure and aquatic centres and operates in an industry known for its high consumption of energy.
The Centre was recently recognised as an industry leader for improving the sustainability of its operations, winning the Aquatic and Recreational Institute’s Environmental Sustainability Award (June 2017). This award acknowledges Council’s long-term commitment to continually improving sustainability processes across several key areas, including waste, water efficiency, energy consumption and purchasing.
Additionally, Council has several large scale renewable energy installations, and has invested in a mini-hydro as well as solar for our high energy using assets. Council has invested in urban cooling solutions for our central business district, and appreciates the importance of shade and evaporative cooling. Shoalhaven Council also actively engages with its community on reducing waste, and runs a substantial program targeting home sustainability. Council also offers free workshops on composting, worm farming, natural cleaning, organic veggie gardening and using leftovers.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability:
Ecologically Sustainable Development is a core principle of Council, as reflected in Shoalhaven’s Community Strategic Plan (CSP). Over the next four years, Council aims to develop strategies to reduce Shoalhaven’s carbon footprint and reliance on non-renewable energy sources to meet the changing needs and expectations of its community.
Council is seeking to reduce the costs and tensions induced by the impact of climate change on its coastal infrastructure and communities. Council is also seeking to progress sustainability improvements across all of its operations and activities, and improve the integration of sustainability outcomes in the organisation’s delivery and operational plans. Council also hopes to lower its corporate energy usage, setting an example for the community.
Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership:
Shoalhaven City Council has joined the Cities Power Partnership seeking mentoring and partnerships to better enable fulfilment of the Shoalhaven community’s vision.
Council recognises that there is a complicated journey ahead to successfully adapt to a low carbon economy and it is hoped that the Partnership will offer the support and incentive for Council to rise to this challenge.