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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Council values the contribution of our many amazing environmental volunteers. Without their commitment, dedication, time, energy and knowledge many of our environmental programs would not operate successfully. 

Following a recent Environmental Perceptions Survey we conducted, the results showed significant proof that residents are dedicated to our beautiful beaches and bushland and they work hard to protect them. In fact, a staggering 9 out of 10 residents are concerned about the environment, and thousands of locals are doing their bit to preserve it.

For example, in 2018, over 250 Bushcare volunteers spent over 6,900 hours caring for our glorious bushland.  While the Penguin Wardens at Manly Wharf finished their 13th year protecting Manly’s Little Penguins - every single evening of their breeding season - and members of WIRES and Sydney Wildlife rescued 8,500 of our precious native animals.

Residents are also tackling climate change head on, with 808 locals installing solar last year and many of us choosing a clean commute, with over 300 people cycling to Manly Wharf on a regular basis.

These are just a few examples of our local residents taking direct action to protect and enhance our local environment.

While we’re not all in a position to be so ‘hands-on’, it’s amazing that even small changes in our everyday lives can have a considerable impact on the environment. 

Here’s some steps you can take, both big and small to lower your carbon footprint and for those already taking action, it’s great to know that you’re not alone!

  • Join the 808 locals who installed solar in their home last year – Find out more here!
  • Jump on your bike! Our Northern Beaches community is an active bunch - with 40 percent of us jumping on a bike each year, compared to only 25 percent across Greater Sydney…join the movement here!
  • Reduce your power bills as well as lowering your carbon footprint with up-to-date energy advice through the Northern Beaches Council Charge Ahead campaign
  • Join one of nearly 60 Bushcare sites across the Northern Beaches and be part of a strong community movement rehabilitating and caring for our beautiful bushland
  • Learn more about composting and worm farms with workshops at Kimbriki’s Eco House and Garden Education Centre with a $90 voucher to get you started!
  • Join one of the many environmental groups making a difference. Find out more by emailing us.
  • Get the A to Z on all things recycling and help reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill.

While Council has many strategies in place to take action on climate change, such as the Cities Power Partnership, we can’t do it alone. So to all of those making a difference, we thank you!