How Council is working sustainably
Council is working hard to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations, particularly in the areas of energy, transport, waste and water management.
Here are a few of our recent actions in helping to create a sustainable community for the future:
Reducing our climate impact
- Council has two electric vehicles and two electric bikes
- More than 1500 fluorescent light tubes in Council facilities have been replaced with energy-saving LEDs. This is expected to result in an annual saving of more than $20 000 per annum
Powering our facilities with renewables
- 15 Council sites generating solar power including Swansea Centre, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery, Speers Point and West Wallsend Swim Centres, Council’s Administration and Depot buildings and State Emergency Service Building
- 587MWh of solar power generated in 2016-17
Creating more sustainable buildings
- Council's Better Buildings Strategy aims to incorporate sustainable building design and operating principles in all of Council’s buildings.
- Turning food and garden waste into high quality Australian Standard compost
- Using recycled glass sand in civil works projects
Planning for climate change
Council and the community are working together to develop a local adaptation plan for Swansea to better plan and prepare for flooding and inundation issues.
Partnering with the State Government to create Lake Macquarie FloodWatch, which provides information on actual rainfall and water levels in the area and will provide an indication if flooding is likely.
- Utilising a flood warning alert system at Barnsley Weir.
Enhancing our natural environment
- Council carries out on-ground works in and around the estuary and in priority wetland and saltmarsh areas to improve water quality, prevent erosion and improve biodiversity.
- Council supports approximately 201 active Landcare Groups to carry out bush regeneration activities.
Protecting our ecosystems
- Council and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage carry out monitoring of the Lake and six of Lake Macquarie’s main catchments to gain a snapshot of waterway health as part of the Lake and Freshwater Catchment Ecosystem Health Scorecard Programs. The results are used to prioritise environmental management strategies.
Council prepares a number of guidelines to assist residents and developers to prepare quality development applications that reduce impacts on the natural environment.
Page last updated: 24 May 2019