Willoughby improving its environment through e.restore
August 22, 2007
The e.restore program in Willoughby (Australia) is improving the natural environment through an environmental levy to support new projects and maintain previous works.
The goals of e.restore are:
- e – establish a baseline environmental audit (for example, collected data on water quality)
- r – restore Willoughby’s major creeks
- e – enhance harbour and river foreshores
- s – save our Blue Gum High Fores
- t – target noxious weed
- o – option new local public transport initiatives
- r – rehabilitate the Flat Rock Creek bush corrido
- e – enforce and monitor all regulations
The four main themes of e.restore are Repairing the Past, Reducing our Impact, Change for the Future, and Enviro-meter.
The environmental levy was first collected in 2000, a result of Council resources being insufficient to stop further degradation while still providing existing works and services. As a result of strong community support, the program is currently in its second term (2003 – 2008).
Because local government is tasked with service provision and ensuring that social and economic development needs within the carrying capacity of the biological resource base, local government is an important manager of global biodiversity. ICLEI has established the Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) project to explore the best ways for local governments to engage in effective biodiversity protection, utilization and management. For more information on LAB, please visit www.iclei.org/biodiversity.
Willoughby is one of 100 local governments in Australia that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the Oceania Region, please visit www.iclei.org/oceania.
Source: e.restore information on the Willoughby City Council website at www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au.