Sustainability Year in Review Rockhampton Regional Council

Posted on August 12, 2022



The Council has gained momentum on sustainability over the past year, including initiatives in waste diversion, water infrastructure, solar energy and active transportation.

These areas were highlighted in the recently released Year in Review, which reviews the Council’s progress against its environmental sustainability strategy.

Water and Sustainability Advisor Donna Kirkland said it was fantastic to see the work being done in the region to create a more sustainable future.

“I am very proud to share the Council’s accomplishments, to recognize our ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability, and to highlight the continuous improvement of our operations,” said Cr Kirkland.

“We have installed additional solar systems at Council sites and have addressed challenges such as water security and the transition to zero waste.

“We have also seen Rockhampton Region Waste and Recycling introduce a series of new initiatives to divert waste from landfills, including the recycling of polystyrene, the roll-out of a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) trial as well as provisions to divert final waste. out-of-life solar panels.

“An important part of creating a better future for our region is more options for active transportation, and the walking and cycling strategy that was introduced last year sets out our vision for a more suitable for walking.

“Beyond this, the water and sanitation infrastructure projects that are underway will not only mean that we can provide essential services to sustainably support a growing population, they will also mean improved services and better outcomes. environmental.

“Of course, we are stronger when we work together as a whole community towards our future. Over the past year, we have focused on building partnerships with government, industry, key local groups, and supporting businesses to make more sustainable choices.

“Through the Plastic Free CQ program, sponsored in part by the Council, we have seen 68 local businesses eliminate over 300,000 single-use plastic items, which is a fantastic achievement.

“In recognition of the work we have done, our region won two national environmental sustainability awards in the 21/22 financial year as part of the Australian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Awards.

“These are just a few of the areas where we have gained momentum over the past year and there are more to come.

“We are in the process of revising our environmental sustainability strategy, so stay tuned for more on that soon!”

The Environmental Sustainability Strategy and Year in Review can be found on the Council’s website here: https://www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/CommunityEvents/Environmental-Sustainability/Environmental-Sustainability-Strategy

Elna M. Lemons