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Environmental Management Framework 2019

Our Environmental Vision is to lead by example to deliver a clean, green and sustainable environment for current and future generations.

Our Environmental Vision

‘Cumberland council will lead by example to deliver a clean, green and sustainable environment for current and future generations’

What is an Environmental Management Framework?

Cumberland Council’s Environmental Management Framework (PDF, 7.32 MB) is designed to be visionary, clear and concise. Its purpose is to demonstrate how we will deliver a cleaner and greener community. It does this by bringing together Council’s environmental strategies, plans and policies to address current and emerging environmental issues.

The Framework aligns Council’s strategies, plans, policies and actions with key environmental themes of Biodiversity, Waste and Litter, Water and Energy Efficiency, Water and Air Quality and Corporate Sustainability.

What are emerging issues facing Cumberland?

Over the coming years, Cumberland Council will be driven to act in response to emerging issues that will impact our community and environment. Some of the impacts are already being realised while others are emerging.

Population Growth

Cumberland Council’s population is expected to increase by 30% from 228,308 in 2017 to 296,848 by 2036, with households increasing from 71,435 in 2016 to 98,858 over the same period.

Energy Demands

NSW uses approximately one-quarter of Australia’s total energy. In 2012-13, NSW met 94% of its energy demand using non-renewable sources, consisting mainly of coal, gas and petroleum. The production and use of non-renewable resources  are the main source of greenhouse  gas emissions. Not only does this have impacts on the environment, it also exposes Council to financial risk if there are energy price fluctuations.

Urban Heat Stress

Human activities, such as burning fossil fuels through driving cars, using electricity and gas contribute to urban heat and climate change. Cumberland Council will need to prepare for:

  • Increasing temperatures with hotter, drier conditions increasing the urban heat island effect in Western Sydney;
  • Increased frequency and severity of heatwaves, floods, droughts and intensity of storms;
  • More intense and extreme rainfall events leading to localised flooding;

Biodiversity Loss

Cumberland Council’s biodiversity can be found in our parks, bushland, creeks and rivers, and around our built environment. Our local government area lies within the Cumberland Plain Woodlands which once covered 107,000 hectares, or 30%, of the Sydney Basin. Today, only 6% remains fragmented across Western Sydney, totalling 6,400 hectares. Twenty threatened species of flora and fauna reside in the plains.

Consumption Behaviours

Waste generation is closely tied to population and economic growth and Cumberland Council is expected to experience both. It is therefore important that we manage the waste and recycling systems to minimise the impact on the community and environment.

Some of the challenges Council faces are:

  • Collecting and treating problem waste, including toxic and hazardous waste, particularly at the end-of-life stage;

Changing composition of waste due to complex products and packaging that combine polymers, alloys or material types that require new technologies in order to separate and recycle products;

  • Influence consumer patterns towards more environmentally friendly choices such as purchasing environmentally sustainable products

Further information

For more information contact Council on 8757 9000.