Community Feedback Sought for Environmental Management Plan
Council’s commitment to protecting the environment has been solidified with a prospective new Environmental Management Plan, for which Council is seeking the input of Mount Isa community members about priority actions that will conserve and enhance the local environment for the future.
Council wants to hear from locals about what the current environmental priorities are and which issues are important to them, and so has created an online survey to collect community members’ feedback about topics including important environmental issues, protecting and promoting biodiversity, and the best way to support the environment and community to be more climate ready.
Feedback and information will also be collected from further stakeholder consultation Council is carrying out, to discuss what people would like to see happen in the local area, explore initiatives and projects that are already underway to improve the environment in the area, and identify further opportunities and actions to protect and enhance the local environment.
Council will also undertake a school-engagement exercise in the near future to complement the community consultation process.
Council Environmental Services Coordinator Priviledge Mapiye said Council will use the feedback to identify themes and priority areas that the community would like Council to focus on.
“Council has various management plans specific to each operation, like the sewage treatment plant and landfill site,” Mr Mapiye said.
“This plan is being developed to guide environmental management performance across Council operations and to support environmental sustainability within our community.
“We are interested in hearing views from all community stakeholders: residents, land owners, businesses, volunteers. We welcome views from people of all ages.
“The feedback will inform the priorities for the Environmental Management Plan, the topics that need to be addressed and the actions that need to be considered over the next five years.”
The Environmental Management Plan is expected to be finalised by June this year and is due to take effect at the beginning of the next financial year.
To complete the Environmental Management Plan online survey, visit https://www.mountisa.qld.gov.au/community-engagement or for more information call the Environmental Health Department on 4747 3200.
The online survey will be open until the end of March.