We are committed to taking care of our precious environment, now and for future generations. This is a challenge we can all work on together. In December 2019 Northern Beaches Council adopted Protect. Create. Live. Environment and Climate Change Strategy 2040. The strategy provides a roadmap for how we can shape a bright environmental future by addressing the challenges and embracing opportunities.
Northern Beaches Council has been recognised as a Bronze Partner of the NSW Government Sustainability Advantage Program. In achieving recognition, Council demonstrated commitment to improving environmental outcomes, rigorous data management practices, implementation of resource efficiency projects, commitment to sustainability goals and staff and community engagement. Check out the full news story
What Council is doing...
We want to be environmentally sustainable and are working everyday on new and exciting projects. Here is some of what we have already done:
- This year Council added 7 new solar panel systems to its buildings, doubling the total amount installed to over 800KW and bringing Council one step closer to its goal of having all suitable site powered by renewable electricity by 2030. The 265kW solar system at Manly Andrew 'Boy' Charlton Aquatic Centre is one of the largest systems on the Northern Beaches.
- Improved water quality with projects such as Water Sensitive Urban Design rain gardens and creek restoration projects, such as Frog Hollow Creek rehabilitation.
- Installed more rainwater harvesting systems for irrigation and toilet flushing. This included installing 3 x 5,000kL rainwater tanks at North Narrabeen Reserve Amenities block.
- We’ve undertaken water efficiency upgrades at some of our highest using sites such as Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park, including upgrading the water tanks.
- We have progressively improved how we irrigate our sportsgrounds using SMART technology, including a trial of soil moisture sensing technology at Manly Oval.
- We now have 5 battery electric vehicles and 8 plug-in or hybrid vehicles in Council’s fleet. Over the next year, this will grow as more vehicles come up for replacement.
- We are implementing our Northern Beaches Transport Strategy: Move 2038 making it easier for you to use sustainable transport. The use of commuter carparks and the B-Line bus continues to grow. We also support car share facilities, provision of electric vehicle charging points, bike networks and recently a new e-taxi trial.
- We are a Climate Council's Cities Power Partner and have completed 1 of our 5 climate change pledges so far - track our progress
- Upgraded our sportsgrounds with energy efficient lighting. You can see our new lights at St Matthews Farm, Old Reub Hudson Oval and North Narrabeen Reserve. We've also improved our energy efficiency at six Council sites including two car parking stations in Manly by upgrading our lighting to energy efficient models.
- Reduced our energy usage at Manly Library and Manly Town Hall with more efficient air conditioning systems. We will be upgrading the system at Manly Art Gallery soon.
- Partnered with Ausgrid to accelerate the replacement of our residential street lights with LED’s to reduce our energy consumption, reduce the light being spilt to the night sky by approximately 90%, keeping the light within the roadway and transitioning away from mercury vapour lights.
- Supported innovation with the installation of SOURCE water hydropanels at Currawong Holiday Cottages. The work was a partnership with Zero Mass Water and ARENA. They produce clean drinking water from air and build resilience into the water supply of the site
- Committed to becoming plastic free. We want to show leadership so we've given over 400 reusable cups to staff. We help you do it too with water fountains for bottle refills.
- Delivering Swap for Good, a program to support and empower local businesses to swap out single-use plastic. Launched in June 2019, the program has now signed up over 60 businesses and continues to engage through networking, events and workshops. The program recently won the 2020 Local Government Excellence Award for Environmental Leadership and Sustainability.
See more information on Council's approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation.