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Environment Strategy 2019 to 2027

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The Public Exhibition period for the draft Environment Strategy has now closed. Council thanks those who provided feedback via a written submission. These submissions will contribute to the development of the Environment Strategy 2019-2027.

The adopted Environment Strategy can be found here Environment Strategy



The adopted Environment Strategy can be found here Environment Strategy.

Council is committed to striving towards environmental sustainability by providing leadership and working together with our community. This commitment is reflected in both our Council Plan (2017-2021), which is underpinned by sustainability principles; and our existing Environment Strategy (2011-2016). The existing Strategy (2011-2016) has delivered a comprehensive program of initiatives, outlined in our recent Action Audit

To build on these successes and plan for the future, Council is in the closing stages of developing a new Environment Strategy (2019-2027). The new Strategy will inform actions to improve environmental sustainability across all levels of Council, and identify ways to link the community with opportunities for education, action and advocacy.

Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

The draft Environment Strategy has been on public exhibition seeking submissions from the community since the end of September.

The period for feedback has now closed and Council are reviewing submissions in order to finalise the Environment Strategy for release in early 2019.

Thank you to those members of the community who took the time to provide a written submission which will be considered in the development of the final strategy.

What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

The Golden Plains Environment Strategy was adopted by Council in January 2019


May 2018: Strategic stakeholder workshop

30 May - 20 June 2018: Survey open

2 June 2018: Conversation post at Golden Plains Farmers Market

3 June 2018: Community workshops (north and south): develop Strategy

16 June 2018: Conversation post at Smythesdale Country Market

22 July 2018: Community workshops (north and south): draft Strategy progress update

August 2018: Summary of engagement results shared with community

October 2018: Draft Environment Strategy open for public feedback 

Early 2019: Final Strategy presented to Council

Early 2019: Final Strategy shared with community

Contact Information

Dale Smithyman
Acting Environment Services Team Leader
(03) 5220 7108
Project Category: 
Last Updated: 
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Project Status: 
Past Project
Council is working with the community to develop a new Environment Strategy (2019-2027) to strive towards environmentally sustainability.

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.