Environment

The Great Lakes offers a unique environment of natural beauty containing extensive waterways, numerous national parks, picturesque rural regions and mountain ranges.  These landscapes provide habitat for an incredible diversity of native plant and animals and support the basis of the regions economy.

The tourist, oyster, commercial and other production industries are worth millions of dollars annually and provide for the lifestyle that many residents have come to enjoy. This lifestyle is also complemented by our natural surroundings with many residents and tourists enjoying activities such as fishing, swimming and hiking.

Our natural environment is our greatest asset and requires ongoing protection and management to ensure its preservation for the present and future generations.

Council also has a number of programs relating to feral/nuisance animals, noxious weeds and plants, and tree protection and preservation.  All of these relate to sustaining our natural environment whilst still enjoying the relaxed urban lifestyle that the Great Lakes has to offer.

Environmental Awards

Council's work in improvement of our natural environment has been recognised through a number of awards:

2008/2009 Overall Winner and Winner - Division B
Communication, Education and Empowerment Award for the Great Lakes Sustainable Farming Program

Local Government and Shires Association - Excellence in the Environment Awards

2007/2008 Overall Winner and Winner - Division B
Biodiversity Management Award for Darawakh/Frogalla Wetland Rehabilitation
Local Government and Shires Association - Excellence in the Environment Awards

2007/2008 Overall Winner
Natural Resource Management Integration Award for Incorporating NRM Specification in Planning and Development Assessment
Local Government and Shires Association - Excellence in the Environment Awards

2004 Winner of the Theiss National Riverprize




Environmental and Dredging Special Levy - The Environmental and Dredging Levy allocates a proportion of Council's general rates income to environmental protection.
Environmental Plans and Strategies - Planning plays a vital role in natural resource management ensuring a strategic approach to protecting the local environment.
Environmental Projects - Council undertakes a number of projects that aim to rehabilitate and restore our diverse natural environments.
Environmental Learning - Environmental education is one way of providing the community with information on how to protect the local environment when carrying out their everyday activities.
Coastal Management - Coastal Management Plans are being prepared which will assist in the sustainable management of the Great Lakes coastline.


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Last Updated: 19/03/2012