Have your say on Council’s draft Environment Plan

Published on 11 May 2017

Melton City Council has developed a draft plan to guide the way it manages its environmental impacts in the future, and is seeking community feedback.

The draft Environment Plan 2017-2027 is a first for Council and highlights three key themes – the Built Environment, Natural Environment and Resource Use.

Residents are invited to have their say on the draft plan, which was developed after extensive internal and community consultation was conducted last year.

Mayor Cr Sophie Ramsey said that the plan helped set the operational direction for Melton City Council to better manage its growth, biodiversity, climate change, waste and water use.

“Council is responsible for a number of actions that impact on the environment, including urban planning, managing reserves and resource consumption,” Cr Ramsey said.

“The draft Environment Plan seeks to help Council assess and control these impacts to reduce its ecological footprint, and protect and enhance the City of Melton’s natural environment.

“By developing this plan Council is demonstrating environmental leadership in its own activities,” she said.

“The final plan will guide the municipality towards becoming a sustainable city that provides a healthy environment to support a growing population.”

For more information and to have your say, please visit the project webpage at http://www.melton.vic.gov.au/environmentplan

Copies of the draft plan are also available to view at civic centres across the City of Melton.

The draft Plan will be open for feedback for four weeks, closing on 9 June. Following consultation, the final plan is expected to go to an Ordinary Council meeting in July for adoption. For more information, questions or comments, please contact the Environmental Policy Officer at citysupport@melton.vic.gov.au or 9747 7200.

Environmental snapshot 2017– City of Melton

  • Area of City of Melton: 527.3 km2, compared to 36.2 km2 for the City of Melbourne.
  • Current population is 143,003, due to more than triple over the next 40 years.
  • Average annual growth rate of 4.4%.
  • Approximately 300 recreation reserves and parks within the municipality.
  • 102 conservation sites managed by Council, covering a total of 1,010 hectares.
  • 33 threatened species listed under national biodiversity legislation call the
    City of Melton home.
  • Average waste diversion rate of 48%.