There is global consensus among scientists that human activities are increasing levels of greenhouse gases and contributing to a change in the global climate. Climate change is a significant and lasting change to the statistical distribution of weather patterns over prolonged periods and is expected to increase temperatures by up to 2°C, increase the number of days over 35°C, reduce rainfall, and cause sea levels to rise by at least 0.9m, warming and acidifying oceans in the process. It also has the potential for severe weather events to become more frequent and intense.

​We are committed to climate change response, the protection and enhancement of our environment, and working in close partnership with the community to ensure it is sustainably managed for future generations to enjoy.

Turn the Tide on PlasticTurn the Tide on Plastic

In May 2019, Council endorsed a Single Use Plastics and Balloons Policy, along with a unique guideline which provides detailed information to assist in making the switch away from single use plastics. The policy provides controls that minimise the adverse impacts of these disposable materials on the environment, and particularly marine wildlife.

​The policy requires that single use plastic items be substituted with compostable or reusable alternatives and applies to all City operations, traders operating with a permit issued by the City and events held in public places, where approval is required by the City. Compliance with the policy will be required as a condition of approval for all new trading permits, however, an initial transition period of 12 months will be applied to allow traders time to adjust.

​Implementation of this policy is an important part of our ongoing commitment to a sustainable environment and will ensure the City continues to be a place where the "coast comes to life".

Waterwise Councils Program

The City of Rockingham Water Efficiency Action Plan was endorsed by Council at the October 2016 meeting and the City has begun implementing the actions outlined in the document.

​On the basis of this Action Plan, the City was endorsed as a Waterwise Council by the Water Corporation and the Department of Water in 2017. The endorsement was recognition of the City's outstanding approach to sustainable water management.

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Waste education

We aim to provide a range of opportunities for environmental education and engagement on waste avoidance and management, assists residents, schools and community groups to adopt more sustainable practices.

Sustainability Snapshot Report

The Sustainability Snapshot Report highlights our key initiatives and achievements so far on our journey towards a more sustainable future, and will provide a framework for future strategy development. Some key initiatives highlighted in the most recent report is the City's Energy Efficiency Program, a Methane Capture Facility in operation at the City's landfill and the Carbon Neutral projects funded to offset emissions from the City's fleet.

Planning for a sustainable futureSustainability Strategy

The City has prepared a draft Sustainability Strategy which aims to provide a framework for working towards a healthy and sustainable City for future generations.

The strategy outlines how we will improve in our own operations and also how we will lead, engage and collaborate with others along the way.

The draft is open for public comment until 7 January 2020.

You can view the draft Sustainability Strategy and complete the feedback survey via Share your thoughts.

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