Draft Environmental Action Plan 2018-2030 - second - Waverley Council
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Waverley Council CONTENTS Environmental Action Plan 3 OVERVIEW4 URBAN ECOLOGY 11 ENERGY 29 Message from the Mayor 4 Protecting and increasing our local Reducing our greenhouse gases bushland, parks, trees and habitat areas 12 and preparing for the impacts of Advocacy and Policy 6 climate change 30 Key Issues 12 Partnerships and Collaboration 6 Key Issues 31 What are our goals? 13-14 Leadership by example 7 What are our goals? 32-35 Partners 15 Strategic Context 7 Partners 36 Capacity-building and Behaviour change 8 WATER 16 Progress against Targets 9-10 TRANSPORT 37 Conserving our water use and improving our water quality 17 Planning the future of transport 38 Key Issues 17-18 Key Issues 38 What are our goals? 18-20 What are our goals? 39 Partners 21 How are we going to get there? 39 SUSTAINABLE WASTE A zero waste community 23 Key Issues 24 What are our goals? 25-27 Partners 28
Waverley Council OVERVIEW Environmental Action Plan 4 Message from the Mayor We are lucky to have a community in I am happy to report that we have recently will continue to advocate, support, enable, Waverley that is passionate and motivated met our organisational greenhouse gas collaborate, innovate and share knowledge to help protect our environment. We have emissions target almost two years early. as we move along this pathway to a better been ambitious in doing our bit for climate This not only reflects the effort undertaken future. change and as a coastal Council are acutely by Council, but also the potential for aware of the potential impacts of climate the Waverley community to reduce our Council looks forward to working closely change, particularly sea level rise. environmental impact overall. with residents, businesses and visitors to continue to make our area a sustainable Waverley Council has demonstrated There is still much to do to achieve a place to live, work and play. an ongoing commitment to positive resilient and sustainable community in environmental change. Back in 2009, we Waverley. We know the technology and were one of the first councils in Australia the community will is there to support us to develop a consolidated environmental reaching this vision. strategy which set a strong community vision and ambitious targets. This plan, the Environmental Action Plan (2018-2030) outlines our targets beyond In the time since, and despite population 2020 and where Waverley wants to be growth, we continue to reduce greenhouse in the future. It is our roadmap for how gas emissions and potable water use. We we can get there. We have set ambitious John Wakefield have developed stormwater harvesting at goals of moving towards a zero-waste Mayor of Waverley all of our beaches, installed solar power at community and having net-zero emissions. our major sites, restore our bushland and We see Waverley as having cleaner beaches continue to increase the waste diverted and neighbourhoods, and increasing our from landfill. tree cover and our coastal bushland. We
Waverley Council OVERVIEW Environmental Action Plan 5 Introduction Waverley is home to over 72,000 We aim to work in-house and together with the community Capacity-building and behaviour change: to embed sustainability into our everyday and make it residents and a thriving business second nature in the way we use, reuse and dispose of Understanding the factors that inhibit change in the community. We live and work in a community and strengthening skills, competencies and resources, purchase, design and build, and care for nature. abilities in order to enable long term change unique and beautiful corner of Sydney that is a stone’s throw from the city, Collaboration and partnerships: Partnering with while also enjoying world-class beaches, the local community, stakeholders and other change- makers to enhance our collective impact coastal bushland and urban pockets, green spaces and café precincts. We Leadership by example: Embedding sustainability in are committed to keeping it this way our own business practices, setting high expectations and delivering results whilst continually valuing and and improving it for future generations, nurturing our critical relationships. whilst also contributing to the wider sustainability challenges facing the world today. This is our Plan for how we will achieve positive Community members committing to making environmental outcomes with, and for our changes community. Based on detailed research and best -practice considerations, the Environmental Action Plan outlines the approach and steps we are taking We recognise that Council only has limited influence, to address the following key focus areas: but can play a key role in reducing barriers and facilitating change though advocacy, engagement and infrastructure Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing solutions. for climate change This Plan is underpinned by key guiding principles that Improving sustainable waste management and drive our activities: Community advocate and artist Marina Debris’ recycling ‘Trashion’ show Advocacy and Policy: Actively supporting and ensuring Conserving water and improving water quality local, State and Federal policies exist that drive sustainability and environmental protection Protecting and enhancing biodiversity
Waverley Council OVERVIEW Environmental Action Plan 6 Advocacy and Policy Partnerships & Collaboration Council actively works to improve State Council recognises the essential Policy both within and beyond Council’s The NSW Climate Change Policy Framework sets a role that cross-collaboration and boundaries. Ensuring that Policies target of Net Zero emissions by 2050. partnerships play in creating long- maximise environmental performance The NSW EPA’s Waste Avoidance and Resource lasting environmental impact, through at all levels of Government is key to Recovery Strategy sets a clear target of 70% diversion unleashing innovative thinking, of residential, commercial and industrial waste to 75% achieving our environmental targets. by 2020/21. overcoming challenges and mobilising Our plan supports and contributes to resources. a number of Global, Federal and State Local As such, Waverley Council has been fostering long-term strategies and goals. Council advocates sound environmental protection reciprocal partnerships with local community groups and through a number of plans and policies, including: community members and actively working to increase their Global The Waverley Development Control Plan specifies capability to successfully deliver their own environmental Our Plan supports the United Nations Sustainable detailed guidelines and developmental standards projects, by providing networking, knowledge-sharing and Development Goal 11: which need to be considered in all new developments. capacity-building opportunities. Goal 11: Make cities and human The Waverley Local Environmental Plan (LEP) regulates As a result, we have collectively delivered initiatives that land use including building controls and provides are more innovative and focused leading to positive settlements inclusive, safe resillient guidance as to how we use our land. environmental outcomes and higher engagement rates. and sustainable. We will continue to work together with residents, local community groups and businesses to make sustainability It also supports the Australian Federal Government’s in our area second nature. commitments to the environment as a signatory of the historic global climate agreement arising from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, 2015. This commitment requires all signatories to “hold average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees and persure effforts to keep warming below 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels”. Federal The updated Federal Renewable Energy Target seeks to secure 23.5% of Australia’s electrical generation from Community members pledging their support renewable sources by 2020.
Waverley Council OVERVIEW Environmental Action Plan 7 Leadership by example Strategic Context We aspire to lead by example and ensure The Waverley Environment Action Plan environmental sustainability is systemic is part of Waverley Council’s Integrated and embedded across Council’s day-to- Planning and Reporting Framework. It is day business, services and operations. one of a suite of plans that inform Waverley The drive for environmental sustainability is changing Council’s Resourcing Strategy, Delivery the way local governments around Australia and the Program and Operation Program. world operate, and we are no exception. We play an increasingly pivotal role in showcasing leadership and delivering positive outcomes in this space, in response to our local community expectations, current legislation Our integrated and according to Australia’s National Principles for planning Sustainable Development. and reporting Integrated framework Engagement In the short-term we are focusing efforts on: Strategy Nurturing and enabling a supportive internal culture; Waverley Local Waverley Resourcing Refining our procurement processes to positively Environmental Together 3 Strategy influence the supply chain; Plan Strategic Plan Environmental Ensuring our projects are designed and delivered Action Plan Delivery to high sustainability standards; and Strategic Asset Program Management Implementing staff behaviour change programs Plan to reduce resource use and increase recycling. Operational Long Term Program Financial Plan Workforce Plan Bondi to Bronte Coastal walk Annual Report Including EAP Progress Report
Waverley Council OVERVIEW Environmental Action Plan 8 Capacity-building and Behaviour change Effective education, knowledge-building Guided by our Sustainable Communities Framework and behaviour change programs are key and supported by our award-winning Second Nature program, we will continue to actively support, enable to us achieving our environmental goals and empower our local community and employees at an organisation and community level. to embed sustainability in the way they live and work. We strive to deliver such change initiatives according What the community told us: to international best practice, which recognises: Understanding community’s needs and values; Our Environment Considering best practice theory; 18% Employing traditional and innovative methodologies; Undertaking extensive social and environmental Keeping things clean research; and of us volunteer 51% We’re especially staying Careful monitoring and evaluation. There are healthy helping the ‘nature’ 47% around 55% community 50 making a 43% Tools, theory and approaches we use for engagement and program community 46% design include: Theory of Change, groups IAP2 Public Participation model, engaged in Co-design and participatory environmental The local We don’t practices (face-to-face and online), environment always know We don’t Changeology, Community-Based share economies, is important to what is always know almost all of us available what we can do 94% 43% 33% Social Marketing, as well as change campaigns, capitalising on emerging trends and marine and in the digital space.
ON ON TRACK WITH WORK Waverley Council PROGRESS AGAINST TARGETS TRACK WORK NEEDED NEEDED Environmental Action Plan 9 Waste Water and Transport Water Quality Progress against EAP3 targets No net increase in Minimise sediments 40% of total daily distance waste generation and suspended soils, traveled by Waverley residents from 2004/05 levels in storm water discharged to be by public transport, into waterways by 2020 cycling or walking by 2020 2004/05 2017/2018 Beach Watch Ratings: 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2020 29,877 29,877 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2020 tonnes/pa tonnes/pa 25% 35% 40% Good Good Good 75% resource recovery of Average kilometers traveled by residential and commercial Waverley residents by private Minimise bacterial pollution waste by 2020 car to decline by 15% in storm water discharged of 2007 levels into waterways by 2020 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2020 Beach Watch Ratings: 28% 61% 75% 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2020 2005/06 11km Good Good Good 2017/2018 10.8km Target for 2020 9.35km
ON Waverley Council PROGRESS AGAINST TARGETS TRACK ON TRACK WITH WORK NEEDED WORK NEEDED Environmental Action Plan 10 Biodiversity Green House Gases Waverley Council Water Use Ensure no loss of remnant 30% reduction of 50% reduction of 2005/06 vegetation based on 2009/10 2003/04 green house gas levels of mains water numbers emissions levels by 2020 consumption by 2020 2004/05 2014/15 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2020 2005/06 2017/2018 59,347m2 59,921m2 61,785kL 70,586kL 478,725 475,763 335,126 tonnes tonnes tonnes CO2 -e CO2 -e CO2 -e Waverley Community 40% of remnant vegetation Water Use in good condition by 2020 30% reduction of 2003/04 Zero increase of 2005/06 2005/06 2014/15 Target for 2020 council generated green house levels of mains water gas emissions levels by 2020 consumption by 2020 4% 4% 40% 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2020 7,612 5,594 5,328 tonnes tonnes tonnes CO2 -e CO2 -e CO2 -e 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2020 6,208,951kL 6,564,106kL 6,208,951kL
Waverley Council URBAN ECOLOGY Environmental Action Plan 12 Protecting and increasing Key Issues our local bushland, parks, trees and habitat areas Urban development Native Species Protection Despite Waverley being also found throughout Waverley on The urbanisation of Waverley has There are 123 native plant species densely populated, it has a private property, in street trees, nature resulted in less than 2% of pre-European indigenous to the local area still strips and in our parks and pocket parks. bushland remaining. Our remaining present in the area. This represents range of biodiversity such as bushland areas are fragmented around 6% of plant species from coastal heath bushland. Our In our most recent fauna survey , 66 and impacted by urban weeds. As the Sydney basin. There is a small native terrestrial vertebrate species parks and bushland protect development continues there is a population of the threatened species including 4 frog species, 11 reptile further loss of vegetation and habitat on Sunshine Wattle Acacia terminalis our local animals, prevents species, 38 native bird species and private properties. subsp. terminalis remaining at erosion, absorbs carbon 4 mammal species were recorded. Loombah Cliffs in Dover Heights. dioxide and reduce the urban One threatened animal species, the Continuing to develop and plan our tree A changing climate is also likely to Grey-headed Flying Fox, Pteropus canopy cover in order to reduce heat, increase pressures on our local plants heat island effect. Our green poliocephalus, and one regionally improve conditions for wildlife and due to potential changes in rainfall spaces are well loved and significant bird, the Yellow-rumped improve amenity is key to reducing the and temperature. provide peace, beauty and Thornbill, Acanthiza lineata, were also impact of urban development. recorded. Waverley supports a wide range of solace to our residents and birds, insects, reptiles and mammals visitors. such as possums and bats. These rely on trees and vegetation as both a Our bushland includes the critically food resource and as habitat. Our threatened ecological community of coast supports a thriving marine Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub at Queens biodiversity that relies on us to Park, and non-remnant parkland such as maintain as pollution free. at Bronte Gully, Tamarama Gully, Thomas Hogan Reserve and Waverley Park. Planted Spotted Pardelote Australian Museum, 2011, ‘Biodiversity Study of the 1 native vegetation and wildlife habitat is Waverley Local Government Area’
Waverley Council URBAN ECOLOGY Environmental Action Plan 13 What are our goals? Remnant bushland protection and improvement Protect and improve the condition of Waverley’s Key Deliverables Ensure no loss of remnant On track to meet 2030 target 5.99ha of remnant bushland. Continue vegetation based on Waverley’s remnant bushland is mainly Implementation of the 2009/10 numbers on our coast such as at Diamond Bay, Biodiversity Action Plan Hugh Bamford Reserve, Tamarama and Remnant sites 2015- at Waverley Cemetery. Bush regeneration works to promote growth and control 2020. weeds aim to improve the quality and Continue to build 2004/05 2017/2018 diversity of plants. Council will continue to protect and improve the condition of community capacity 59,347m2 59,921m2 Waverley’s 5.99 ha of remnant bushland. to protect bushland remnants by supporting and expanding Council’s Bushcare volunteering program. Undertake Flora Survey 40% of remnant vegetation On track with work needed to meet 2030 target 2020 in good condition by 2030 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2030 4% 4% 40% Waverley remnant bushland 1, 2 Preliminary Draft Healthy Coastal Bus Discussion Paper
Waverley Council URBAN ECOLOGY Environmental Action Plan 14 Coastal bushland restoration Improved habitat across Waverley Improve the condition of Waverley, with the local community has undertaken significant works to restore non-remnant native vegetation native bushland to Bronte Gully, Tamarama Key deliverables on public land in the LGA Gully and adjacent to our remnants. These Develop and implement and reinstate indigenous works have created habitat for our birds Urban Forestry/Canopy and animals and brought back green vegetation characteristic of Strategy space to our urban environment. Council natural coastal landscapes in has mapped an additional 12 ha of steep Councils’ Parks and Reserves. slopes and difficult to access sites where Identify additional coastal bushland could be restored with locations for habitat coastal heath vegetation. improvement on Council land Engage the local community in the Key Deliverables Private property vegetation and Habitat Stepping Stones Prepare a ‘Healthy nature strips and Living Connections Coastal Bush’ plan program to increase coastal Vegetation on private properties, street bushland in Waverley. trees, verges and nature strips play a key role in supporting our biodiversity. As Continue implementing well as cooling our streets, these plants Bronte and Tama ERFAP provide the linkages for animals to travel and commence Thomas through the area and maintain Waverley’s Coastal Bushland at Diamond Bay Hogan ERAP connection to nature. Our main habitat corridor is all along the coast with further Undertake the second links at Tamarama and Bronte. Biodiversity Survey of the LGA 2019
Waverley Council URBAN ECOLOGY Environmental Action Plan 15 Partners Bushcare volunteers SSROC & SCCG CPRBG Trust Office of Environment and Heritage Greater Sydney Commission Local Land Services
Waverley Council CHAPTER TITLE Environmental Action Plan 16 WATER
Waverley Council WATER Environmental Action Plan 17 Conserving our Key Issues water use and improving our water quality Water Scarcity Waverley is known for beautiful Water is a scarce resource in Sydney. While the greater Sydney catchment of rivers, creeks and beaches and coastline. Preserving storage is large, it is sensitive to Australia’s drought our water resources and ensuring and flood cycle. Our water supply can also be our coasts and beaches are clean impacted by bushfires and pollution. This cycle and its effect of unpredictable rainfall are likely to whilst keeping Waverley green and be further exacerbated by climate change into the cool is an ongoing challenge. future. Despite very large population increases, total water Waverley’s sports fields, beachside parks and consumption in Sydney has remained stable for almost 50 amenities are very popular but require significant years. This is due to water being treated as the precious amounts of water. Irrigating our parks and turf is resource that it is. In Waverley, many of our residents Hollywood Avenue Raingarden before (left) and after (right) important as it allows people to enjoy the open now use water saving appliances and toilets, and have spaces experiences in our area but it does increase installed rainwater tanks to reduce their mains water use The majority of the Waverley area’s water use is from pressure on our water supplies. and reliance. At council we use non-potable (not drinking) local residences, which includes household gardens. 1 water to keep our turf pristine, our toilets flushing clean per cent is from open space activities such as irrigation of and our plants green. We use pollution traps, raingardens parks and golf courses .Ongoing recycled water and water and street cleaning to minimise pollution into our coast, efficiency programs on Council assets ensures that potable beaches and the ponds in Centennial Park. mains water use in Council operations represents a small proportion of community mains water use (1.16 per cent Recycled water from our stormwater, ground water and in 2016/17). rainwater harvesting and reuse systems is treated (to a fit for purpose standard i.e. not potable standard for drinking) and used where possible for irrigation, toilet Kinesis, 2017, ‘CCAP City based on Sydney Water community water use data’ 1 flushing and public cleansing.
Waverley Council WATER Environmental Action Plan 18 Key Issues What are our goals? Water Quality Minimise sediments On track to meet Council and On track with and suspended 2030 target Community work needed to meet and Solutions soils, in storm water Zero increase of 2005/06 2030 target discharged into levels of mains water waterways by 2030 consumption by 2030 Urban run-off, construction sites and sewer overflows can all result in pollution in our stormwater system Beach Watch Ratings: that ends up in our coasts. Urban run-off includes litter, viruses, bacteria and nutrients from pet waste, 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2030 green waste, oil and toxic chemicals from vehicles, heavy metals and sediment. Construction sites can Good Good Good be a major source of sediment pollution through soil running off sites into stormwater drains. 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2030 Heavy rainfall can cause sewer systems to overflow, causing untreated or partially treated human and 6,208,951kL 6,564,106kL 6,208,951kL industrial waste to flow into our coastal waters. A major source of pollution are Sydney Water’s Minimise bacterial On track to meet 2030 target sewer outfalls at Diamond Bay and Vaucluse which pollution in storm discharge untreated wastewater. water discharged into waterways by 2030 Our previous council target to reduce water use by 30% was highly ambitious and unrealistic due to our requirement to maintain parks and greenspace. Beach Watch Ratings: An updated target of no net increase in use from 2003/04 levels - despite population growth - is ambitious and will contribute to an overall 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2030 reduction in water use per capita. Good Good Good
Waverley Council WATER Environmental Action Plan 19 Increase water harvesting through Improve water efficiency of stormwater harvesting schemes and new and existing buildings rainwater capture Stormwater harvesting infrastructure at We will work with our community to Bronte and Tamarama will continue to reduce its reliance on the mains water provide water for irrigation, cleaning and through smart leak detection efficient use Key deliverables for our amenities. Council will expand of water and, increasing access to recycled Deliver a water leak water harvesting schemes to increase the water (from our stormwater, groundwater availability of recycled water. The Bondi and rainwater systems). detection program stormwater harvesting system will be to increase water extended to supply water for irrigation As well as promoting best practise water efficiencies on all and amenities at North Bondi. This will efficiency in new developments, Council Council’s buildings also contribute to improved ocean water is developing a residential water saving quality as stormwater is filtered and assessment program for high water Facilitate water efficiency discharged to the beach. users, where we have identified scope for and recycled water use significant savings. The pilot program is to be trialled in Bondi Junction, and expanded in new developments if successful. Deliver a program to Key deliverables Council will also install a smart leak support energy and detection monitoring across 40 Council water efficiencies in Continue water sites, so that we can reduce our own apartment buildings. harvesting across our water consumption. beaches and Council sites Extend the Bondi Stormwater harvesting at Tamarama stormwater harvesting system
Waverley Council WATER Environmental Action Plan 20 Reduce or minimise the pollutants entering into waterways Council has identified 10 sites for additional Key deliverables stormwater improvement Construct additional devices throughout Waverley. stormwater quality Additional stormwater improvement devices improvement devices such (SQIDs) in parks and as rain gardens, and other locations to remove pollution traps will be sediment and pollutants installed in order to Remove pollutants to continue to improve our improve stormwater ocean water quality. quality from Council infrastructure into waterways A family at Bronte Beach Work in collaboration with Sydney Water to The discharge of approximately 4 megalitres daily of untreated wastewater minimise risks to users from cliffside outfalls at Diamond Bay and pollution from and Vaucluse is unacceptable. Sydney the Diamond Bay and Water has identified risks from this legacy Vaucluse Cliffside outfalls infrastructure to local users such as fisherman, swimmers and scuba divers. Waverley Council will work in collaboration with Sydney Water to minimise risks to users in the short term and rectify this problem in the medium and long term, reducing the pollution on our coast. Swimmer at Bondi Beach
Waverley Council WATER Environmental Action Plan 21 Partners Sydney Water Centennial Parklands Office of Environment and Heritage (Beachwatch) Sydney Coastal Council's Group
Waverley Council SUSTAINABLE WASTE Environmental Action Plan 23 A Zero Waste Community Litter fragments at Bronte Beach (Plastic Free Bronte) Council collects and Council aims to transition toward cent diversion of waste from landfill (when and cardboard, plastics, glass and metals), manages several waste and a zero waste community. Through added to recycling and other forms of ready for further reprocessing. Residential waste avoidance, reuse, and recycling recovery). and parks garden waste is also recovered recycling streams within the the Waverley community can further and sent to a facility for mulching. Waverley local government reduce their reliance on raw materials Paper, cardboard, glass, aluminium, and minimise waste sent to landfill. and plastic containers from residential, Council continues to research and area, including household commercial and public places are sent to implement the optimal processes for Composting and other processing and and commercial waste and treatment methods are equally important a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where meeting our waste and recycling targets to recycling, a selection of to ensure council is on the forefront of the materials are sorted by type (paper ensure the best result for our community. problem wastes, and litter technologies that minimise the impact on our environment. and dumping from our public places. Presently, waste from residential, commercial and public places is sent to an The rate at which waste and recycling are Alternative Waste Facility (AWT) located generated is influenced by population at the Woodlawn Facility in Goulburn. growth, housing density and purchasing On arrival, waste is sorted to remove and behaviour, amongst others. The recycle items such as plastic containers, Sustainable Waste Strategy - 2015 to 2020, glass bottles, and any contaminants. The demonstrates Council’s commitment to remaining waste enters a mechanical manage waste sustainably. This strategy and biological processing system and is details Council’s vision for reducing waste turned into compost. This compost can generation and increasing diversion to then be used for mine site rehabilitation landfill through a set of targets and actions and other uses. This process is expected E-waste drop off day to achieve them. to help Waverley achieve almost 60 per
Waverley Council SUSTAINABLE WASTE Environmental Action Plan 24 Key Issues Waste generation Keeping it Clean and Recycling Waste generation in Australia and around the world Waverley’s beaches and commercial centres attract is strongly coupled to economic growth. Products are Waste Bin Audits large numbers of local residents and visitors. This puts frequently purchased that can’t be recycled or reused. pressure on our waste and cleaning services and it is an There is an opportunity to minimise Waverley’s own ongoing challenge to prevent overflowing bins, excess waste footprint by embedding sustainable purchasing Recycling is an ongoing challenge for our community. waste and dumping in our streets. and the use of sustainable materials into Council Recyclable plastics, paper and glass continue to be operations, as well as to influence and build capacity misplaced in the red bin, and waste often ends up Despite the availability of public place garbage bins in the community to do the same. in our recycling bins. When waste and recycling is and regular cleaning, cigarette butts, food packaging not sorted correctly it undermines the ability of the and plastic bags are still commonly littered, polluting recycling industry to turn these materials into valuable our local environment. This causes significant impacts products. on our terrestrial and marine environments. Plastics, in particular, persist in our coastal beaches and Other items that offer an opportunity to be reused or waterways and can be ingested by marine animals. recycled include bulky household items, textiles and electronic waste. These items are frequently found in The density and streetscape of Waverley leaves little the kerbside bins, when they could be recycled through space for the storage of bins and bulky waste and Council drop off locations and other state-wide presenting these for collection. This creates pollution programs. and is a significant eyesore on our local area. By working with residents, visitors and businesses to avoid waste, reduce our waste generation, increase reuse and recycling we are confident that our Garage Sale Trail ambitious waste targets can be met.
Waverley Council SUSTAINABLE WASTE Environmental Action Plan 25 Bondi Unwrapped What are our goals? In 2016, Waverley Council launched ‘Bondi Unwrapped’ a multidisciplinary education and engagement program working to prevent take- No net increase in On track to meet away packaging litter in Bondi. The program was 2030 target part funded by the NSW Environment Protection waste generation Authority (EPA) and supported the installation of from 2004/05 levels Solar Bins as well as working with the community and businesses to prevent litter at the source, Target for 2030 2004/05 2017/2018 patrol litter hotspots and maintain the cleanliness of those areas. The program won the Keep NSW Beautiful Award for litter prevention in 2017. 29,877 26,876 29,877 The program has plans to expand in 2018/19. It tonnes/pa tonnes/pa tonnes/pa demonstrated what can be achieved by working together, as a community, to prevent litter entering our waterways. + Reduction of litter 90% resource recovery of On track with work needed to meet and illegal dumping residential and commercial 2030 target waste by 2030 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2020 Target for 2030 28% 61% 75% 90%
Waverley Council SUSTAINABLE WASTE Environmental Action Plan 26 Actively reduce the amount Keeping our streets, beaches of waste generated and parks clean and free of litter, rubbish and pollution Council has an important Council will continue to work role to play in facilitating Key deliverables with community groups and Key deliverables programs that reduce waste the EPA to engage with Develop and deliver Continue litter prevention generation and promote targeted engagement residents, visitors and programs that engage diversion from landfill. programs to facilitate businesses to reduce litter with residents, visitors This includes waste avoidance programs re-use, repair and items from the source. and community groups to minimise waste, extending the life of sustainable purchasing Groups such as Blue Bondi Green and to reduce litter at our consumer goods through reuse and repair Plastic Free Bronte are working to reduce hotspots and undertake and raising awareness about sustainable Work with businesses, single use plastics, such as straws and litter enforcement when consumer choices. government and industry coffee cups, at our beaches. required Council will work with local businesses, stakeholders to realise waste recycling and Council provides recycling and waste Review and improve government and industry stakeholders and infrastructure at strategic positions in community groups to develop and deliver reduction principles Bondi Junction, Bondi, Tamarama and public place cleansing and programs that encourage our community Bronte. The distribution and design of beach cleaning services to reduce the use of single use plastics. Research and deliver to meet community these will continue evaluated to ensure sustainable waste they are optimal and fit for purpose. expectation management guidelines Council will continue to ensure that all of for Council and the our urban and open spaces are regularly Build strategic community cleaned to a high standard. partnerships with strata managers, building managers, real estate agents, cleaners and local businesses to improve presentation and storage of bins Rubbish dumped illegally Clean Up Australia Day on the street
Waverley Council SUSTAINABLE WASTE Environmental Action Plan 27 Best practice in waste management to increase recycle and recovery Council will deliver actions within its Sustainable Waste Key deliverables Strategy and monitor the outcomes to ensure best Identify and deliver Got waste? targeted engagement practice waste management programs to residents, Sort it out... is adopted in all that we do. schools and businesses it’s second nature. Council is guided by the NSW to increase recycling and Environmental Protection Authority’s lower contamination overarching strategies to ensure waverley.nsw.gov.au/waste efficient kerbside collection, appropriate Provide services and #secondnatureimin infrastructure for multi-unit dwellings, programs that recover as and dumping and litter prevention. much problem waste and Council works strategically to provide bulky waste as possible cost-effective and high impact programs that tackle waste issues on a regional Partner with regional level, such as reducing illegal dumping. stakeholders and The Waste industry and its technology is state government constantly evolving. Council will continue to investigate and to partner with regional stakeholders and implement new waste state government to investigate new and technologies to maximise innovative waste recovery and recycling resource recovery practices such as Energy from Waste, in order to reach our ambitious waste targets.
Waverley Council SUSTAINABLE WASTE Environmental Action Plan 28 Partners Blue Bondi Green Plastic-Free Bronte Transition Bondi Responsible Runners Environment Protection Authority Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils SSROC Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad Australian Packaging Covenant
Waverley Council CHAPTER TITLE Environmental Action Plan 29 ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE
Waverley Council ENERGY Environmental Action Plan 30 Reducing our In line with global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Australian Government has a target to reduce national emissions to 26–28 per cent on 2005 greenhouse gases levels by 2030. The NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan outlines the transition to reliable, affordable and clean energy, and the aspirational NSW target of net-zero and preparing for emissions by 2050. the impacts of climate change Our climate is changing and it is largely due to increases in atmospheric greenhouse gases caused by human activities. These activities include Rooftop solar panels at Tamarama the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas), agriculture and land clearing. Changes seen over the 20th As a community, we need to continue to power our century include increases in air and homes, workplaces and schools but in doing so we have a choice as to where that power comes from. Waverley ocean temperature, widespread melting Council has been working to reduce greenhouse gas of snow and ice and rising global sea emissions from our operations and our community since Council has a number of electric bikes for levels. In Australia, each decade has 2009, which was when we committed to our first GHG internal operations been warmer than the previous decade reduction targets. since the 1950s. As the risks from a warming world intensify, we will need not on track to meet our 2020 Waverley Community to plan how we build resilience to extreme changes in target; Waverley Community has only achieved a 3.9 per Scientists agree that the worst effects weather and how we will ensure our community has the cent reduction in GHG emissions since baseline year. Our capacity to adapt. community GHG emissions still needs to decrease by 27 of this climate change can largely be per cent (129,263 tonnes CO2-e) by 2020 in order to meet avoided if greenhouse gas emissions We are on track to surpass our 2020 Waverley Council our target. (GHG), particularly carbon dioxide, operations target. Since 2003, emissions from our own organisation have been reduced by 28 per cent. We are are very significantly reduced. 1 NSW Government, 2017, ‘NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan – Annual Report 2016’
Waverley Council ENERGY Environmental Action Plan 31 Key Issues Carbon Footprint Impacts of Climate Change Australia’s historic and continued reliance on coal to There is a risk that intense rain periods (that is, the generate the majority of their electricity is a major number of 1 in 40 year one day rainfall events) will driver of our greenhouse gas emissions. Changing increase between -3 per cent to +12 per cent by 2050. our energy mix to one with a lower carbon footprint is both an obstacle due to the scale of infrastructure By 2050 days are projected to be hotter over all involved, but also an opportunity with the falling seasons, with the greatest warming in winter and prices of renewable power. spring (2 to 3°C). Built Environment How the public spaces, households and workplaces of Waverley are built, function and perform is vital in reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also improving liveability and resilience to a changing climate. Integrating building insulation, green walls or roofs and rooftop solar panels are some of the key issues in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Climate change is forecast to impact both sea levels and biodiversity The NSW Government has modeled a series of impacts from climate change. The Sea Level Policy projects a sea Transport level rise along the NSW coast for a rise, relative to 1990 mean sea levels, of 40 cm by 2050 and 90 cm by 2100. Emissions from transport is Australia’s third largest source of emissions. Travel to and from work, Spring and summer rainfall is projected to increase across school and from visitors coming to our beaches the region by 20 – 50 per cent, while winter rainfall is are responsible for 85% of transport emissions. projected to decrease. Extreme daily rainfall events are Developing viable, low energy transport networks expected to become more common, particularly in the The June 2016 east coast low storm event for our community are vital to reducing our emissions. summer months, and there is a slightly greater likelihood caused widespread damage of increased storm events.
Waverley Council ENERGY Environmental Action Plan 32 Where do we Solar my school want to get to? Solar my School is a free Council program to help local schools navigate a path to solar power. 70% reduction in Green Work needed to Run as an Eastern Suburbs initiative, Solar My House Gas emissions of reach 2030 target School provides independent support and guidance to primary and secondary schools looking 2003/04 levels by 2030 to power their buildings with cheap green energy. Schools are ideal for solar because they use energy 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2020 Target for 2030 during the day when the sun is pumping out its energy-generating rays. 478,725 475,763 335,126 143,618 Switching to solar energy helps reduce our local tonnes tonnes tonnes tonnes environmental impact, and also helps schools cut CO2 -e CO2 -e CO2 -e CO2 -e energy expenses. +C arbon neutral by 2050 70% reduction of 2003/04 On track to meet 2030 target council generated green house gas emissions levels by 2020 2005/06 2017/2018 Target for 2020 Target for 2030 7,612 5,594 5,328 2,284 tonnes tonnes tonnes tonnes CO2 -e CO2 -e CO2 -e CO2 -e
Waverley Council ENERGY Environmental Action Plan 33 Improve energy efficiency of Vehicle fuel emissions buildings and infrastructure Council will improve the Within our community and energy efficiency of its Waverley LGA our own operations the future Key Deliverables buildings through a range take-up of electric vehicles The Bondi Junction Monitor, manage and of measures including the would save about 22,000 Green Infrastructure report on Council assets installation of LED lighting Masterplan identified tonnes CO2e/year or 4.4% water and energy use. and optimisation of building large savings from existing decrease in GHG emissions control systems to improve large commercial and compared to a BAU 2030 Develop and deliver operational performance. apartment buildings. The scenario when charged from a program to support Buildings Future program renewable electricity energy and water Street lighting contributes significantly to efficiencies in existing Council’s greenhouse gas emissions and will assist these buildings to reduce their energy, Waverley will enable electric vehicle multi-story buildings. presents an opportunity to considerably recharging at Council buildings and within reduce our emissions. Council recently water and waste use. Launch the pilot program, the LGA to encourage the use of electric upgraded 760 of our street lights to LED, Building Futures, in Bondi vehicles. reducing annual CO2 emissions by 200 Junction. tonnes. Council will continue to implement an LED street lighting upgrade program. Continue building energy efficiency works and LED street lighting roll out. Reduce Council’s fleet vehicle emissions through procurement of low emission/fuel efficient Waverley Council electric vehicle vehicles, alternative fuel types, and transport alternatives. LED lights installed in Waverley Park
Waverley Council ENERGY Environmental Action Plan 34 Increase uptake of renewable energy in Key Deliverables Waverley through rooftop solar panels Deliver programs to increase the amount of solar and and offsite wind and solar energy. battery storage installed on council properties, community buildings, schools and residential properties. Rooftop solar panels Offsite wind and solar and storage Collaborate with other Councils and stakeholders to increase Waverley Council is currently participating the proportion of cost effective renewable electricity Council operates and maintains solar in a regional renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement tender. purchased by Council. PV systems across 12 Council buildings, generating 353,000kwh annually and This approach involves numerous Councils Solar for rental and apartments – trial innovative models reducing 322 tonnes of CO2 emissions per guaranteeing to jointly purchase the of unlocking the solar potential for rentals and apartments year. electricity generated by a wind or solar which make up 55% Waverley properties. Council will continue to investigate new farm. If this model proves successful, solar PV installations and battery storage Council will increase the percentage of our Provide planning support, controls and incentives to drive across all of our assets, including social electricity sourced from renewable energy. innovation and better environmental outcomes in new housing stock and commercial properties. Council will also work with neighbouring development Councils, State and Federal government to Council will continue to promote solar increase the share of renewable energy installations and storage across Waverley fed into the grid. through programs such as ‘Solar my Waverley has conducted modelling to assess the most effective methods to reach the School’ and solar power to residents in 2030 target as seen in Figure 1, below. homes and apartments. LED Lighting Upgrades Solar My School
Waverley Council ENERGY Environmental Action Plan 35 Plan and respond Development of an Flood management to the impacts Urban Tree Strategy of climate change The specific impacts of Council know that it has a Council is currently climate change for our LGA small number of Urban Heat undertaking updated Key Deliverables are difficult to accurately Islands- areas in our LGA modelling of our stormwater predict. with a higher than average drainage network and Development of Climate temperatures. capacity to manage different Risk Assessment and Council will refine our knowledge of Adaption Plan the risks of a changing climate and plan In order to counteract the effect of high flow events including effective strategies so that Waverley and these Council will develop an Urban Tree with climate change Development and the local community can become more Strategy, in which consideration will be delivery of Urban Tree resilient and prepared for the effects of scenarios climate change. However, there are a given to the potential shade provided by Strategy street trees. This will build on the work number of known effects which Council undertaken by Council to continually Updated modelling of will commence planning to counteract. increase the number of trees and stormwater drainage greenspaces in Waverley. Council will continue to monitor and update water infrastructure Street trees can help counteract Urban Heat Island effects
Waverley Council ENERGY Environmental Action Plan 36 Partners AusGrid Office of Environment & Heritage Greater Sydney Commission
Waverley Council TRANSPORT Environmental Action Plan 38 Planning the Key Issues future of transport Changing Demographics Waverley has the highest population density in Australia. This is, and should continue to be, supported by high frequency public transport, and quality walking and cycling infrastructure. Emissions from transport is Australia’s third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Travel to and from work, Traffic congestion and parking school and from visitors coming to our beaches are responsible for 85 per cent Twice as many people use the Bondi Junction interchange as Syd Einfeld Drive. If they switched to driving instead, our streets of transport emissions locally. would be gridlocked. Whilst our passenger car ownership levels Waverley’s People, Movement and Places was adopted in have remained stable, there has been an increase in the number 2017 and is the blueprint for how we improve the quality of SUVs and scooters, leading to an overall increase in the of our streetscapes to not only help achieve a better number of vehicles on our roads. environment, but also a community and economy. The plan prioritises pedestrians first, followed by people riding bicycles, using public transport, service vehicles, shared mobility and private motor vehicles. We anticipate that changes to transport over the next 20-30 years will be as dramatic as the transformation from horses to cars. Driverless vehicles (for goods delivery, Council has a number of electric drones, buses and cars), electric vehicles (including bikes for internal operations e-bikes) and shared mobility (share cars, share bikes, on- demand ride-sharing) will all be part of the transport mix. Buses and other public transport are an Planning functioning transport that protects our important part of our community environment is a key priority for Council.
Waverley Council TRANSPORT Environmental Action Plan 39 What are our goals? Please refer to People, Movement and Places for targets PEOPLE FIRST 1 Pedestrians are our top priority A third of all trips How are we going to are on foot 2 THEN BICYCLES get there? Bikes are good for transport, environment and health 333 Signature projects 3 There are Waverley Council has identified twelve PUBLIC TRANSPORT 86,500 signature projects that will make the passengers/ biggest impact on improving transport day at Bondi SERVICE VEHICLES Junction across our area for the whole community and follow the transport hierarchy developed (see right). These include: 4 i BondERY DELIV Implement better streetscapes across Waverley Provide safe cycling infrastructure across Waverley and beyond Each Only half 5 share car of all trips in replaces SHARED Improve transport and access along our LGA are 12 private MOBILITY Bondi Road corridor PRIVATE by car cars VEHICLES These projects include a Cycling Strategy, a walking strategy and shared and electric vehicles. For more information see Waverley’s People, Movement and Places. Safe pedestrian routes are vital to our community 6
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