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Environmental plans and projects

Cumberland will lead by example to deliver a clean, green and sustainable environment for current and future generations.
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Council's vision for our environment

Cumberland will lead by example by reducing our environmental footprint through reducing water and energy usage across our facilities. We will apply continuous improvement initiatives to:

  • Ensure our waterways are protected, clean and healthy by improving our waterways and riparian corridors
  • Deliver great natural and green spaces that serve our local biodiversity through managing our open spaces, parks and vegetation
  • Deliver clean and attractive public places by providing an efficient waste collection service for the community

Environmental Management Framework 2019

Council’s Environmental Management Framework (PDF, 7.32 MB) demonstrates how it will create a cleaner, greener community with strategies, plans and policies to deal with current and emerging issues.

The Framework addresses 5 key environmental issues impacting Cumberland:

  • Biodiversity
  • Waste and litter
  • Water and Energy Efficiency
  • Water and Air Quality
  • Corporate Sustainability.

A snapshot of Council’s policy

Biodiversity Strategy 2019

Council’s Biodiversity Strategy 2019 presents a strategic and coordinated approach that has been developed by Council in consultation with the community to effectively protect, manage and enhance biodiversity in the Cumberland area.

Actions to be implemented by Council address objectives for three key focus areas:

  • Key Focus Area 1: Community Awareness, engagement and action
  • Key Focus Area 2: Habitat connectivity and condition
  • Key Focus Area 3: Planning and innovation

Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy

The Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy addresses waste management. It encourages the Cumberland community to reduce waste and recover resources. It also ensures clean public spaces. 

The strategy has 6 key focus areas and associated actions that will be delivered over the next 5 years to:

  • Avoid and reduce waste generation
  • Increase recycling and divert more waste from landfill
  • Manage problem household waste better
  • Reduce illegal dumping and littering and enhance cleanliness
  • Lead by example
  • Improve Council’s waste profile in the community

Water Savings Action Plan

Cumberland’s Water Efficiency Plan aims to improve water efficiency across Council’s facilities and assets. The Plan reviews water usage at key sites and identifies feasible opportunities to reduce water consumption.

Energy Savings Action Plan

Cumberland’s Energy Savings Action Plan aims to reduce energy consumption and improve our organisation’s energy management practices by implementing energy saving measures and actions. The Plan identifies opportunities for energy efficiency at selected sites to enable more efficient energy use at our facilities thereby reducing costs and realising environmental benefits.

For more information contact Council on 02 8757 9000.