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  • Todd Dickinson, Director Environment & Sustainability receiving the Bronze Award from Matt Kean, Minister for Energy and Environment.

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. Northern Beaches Council is developing new strategies and goals in relation to environmental sustainability and climate change. Watch this space and we will let you know when you can have your say.

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:

  • Installed more than 340 kW of solar panels installed on 34 Council buildings including our depots, children's centres, lifesaving clubs and our administrative centres. We are planning to install an additional 400kW this financial year, bringing the total to 700kW.
  • Ensured that Council’s community buildings are more sustainable. For example a cogeneration plant helps heat water and produce energy for the Manly Andrew 'Boy' Charlton Aquatic Centre
  • Reduced our water consumption and improve water quality with projects such as Water Sensitive Urban Design rain gardens.
  • Purchased three battery electric vehicles in addition to out two plug-in hybrid vehicles. Council's electric fleet will grow to a total of 12 vehicles over the next 12 months.
  • Joined the Climate Council's Cities Power Partnership and have made five climate change pledges - 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. 
  • Made it easier for you to use sustainable transport options.We worked with the NSW Government to bring the B-Line bus service to the beaches. We have recently adopted a Northern Beaches Transport Strategy: Move 2038. We also support car share facilities, provision of electric vehicle charging points and bike networks
  • 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. Find out more 
  • Agreed to enter into a long term agreement to purchase up to 30% of our electricity from renewable sources.
  • Supported innovation with the installation of SOURCE water hydropanels at Currawong Holiday Cottages. in 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 and over the next two years we will work with our local businesses to reduce their plastic use
  • Developed 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