NATHALIA residents are encouraged to comment on Moira Shire’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS).
Improving the energy efficiency of council assets, expanding council’s kerbside organic collection service and increasing renewable energy uptake are some of the ideas the shire proposes to explore as part of the strategy which was released for public comment last week.
‘‘From the quality of our soils to the beauty of our waterways and landscapes, the natural environment is at the heart of Moira’s economy, lifestyle and tourism,’’ Moira Shire mayor Gary Cleveland said.
‘‘Our ESS outlines how we will play our part in caring for these precious resources.’’
The ESS also outlines the importance of partnerships with the community, business and agencies.
‘‘From education programs in our local schools, to exploring reliable, alternative energy supplies, and preserving the values of our wetlands and waterways, the ESS is relevant right across the shire, across all sectors and for all ages,’’ Cr Cleveland said.
He said organic waste service and energy efficient street lighting were examples of programs delivered under the previous ESS which achieved tremendous environmental gains as well as financial savings of more than $300,000 for ratepayers.
‘‘We are encouraging all ages and abilities to consider the strategy and share their ideas with us online, by email, by phone or by mail,’’ Cr Cleveland said.
The feedback will be considered before finalising the strategy and presenting it to council for adoption.
Copies of the strategy and further information on how to provide feedback are available from council’s website and customer service centres.
Submissions close at 5pm on June 16.