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 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".