Have Your Say on Council’s Draft Environmental Management Plan
Council’s draft Environmental Management Plan is now available for public feedback and Council is urging everyone with an interest in the environment to have their say on the document, which details how Council will improve local environmental outcomes over the next few years.
The five-year plan, which is set to be implemented later this year, follows extensive stakeholder consultation carried out earlier this year, including workshops, online surveys and a school survey, and was developed with the assistance of consultants Healthy Environs.
Mayor Danielle Slade said five key areas were identified as a result of these consultation processes – the natural environment, waste minimisation, water resources, environmental health, and community engagement – which formed the foundations of the Environmental Management Plan.
“The main purpose of this plan is to guide Council’s planning, decision-making and activities to support the delivery of these very important strategies over the next five years and provide a healthy environment for all residents,” Cr Slade said.
“These strategies aim to address existing or any future environmental issues in the Mount Isa area over the next five years.
“The protection, health and management of the local environment is a priority for Council.
“This draft plan lays the groundwork that will assist us to decide the best steps to take to not just preserve the environment, but ensure Mount Isa is an environmentally conscious, sustainable city that continues to be an appealing place for people to live and work.
“The public feedback phase before the draft management plan is confirmed is crucial, as it will ensure the community’s needs and priorities have been included and integrated into the final version of the document.
“We received a lot of positive feedback during the stakeholder engagement processes as we were developing this plan, and I encourage people to have their say on the draft.”
Public feedback for the draft plan will be accepted for three weeks, until Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
The document can be read and downloaded from Council’s website at www.mountisa.qld.gov.au/emp
People can submit their comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please call Council’s Environmental Services team on 4747 3200.