Ecologically Sustainable Development

Adopted by Council: 7 February 2011      

Policy Goals

The goal of this policy is to achieve ecologically sustainable development in Latrobe City.  Ecologically sustainable development is an international initiative and policy of both federal and state government.  This local policy provides a basis for a series of outline policies and strategies to assist Latrobe City to achieve sustainability in various sectors of environmental protection, major land-use, business and industry, waste disposal and people and equity.

Policy Implementation

It is Latrobe City Council’s policy to:

  • Integrate environmental, economic and social considerations in decision-making.
  • Encourage active ongoing community participation, education and information.
  • Promote continuous improvement and an ability to cope with changing circumstances.
  • Maintain the ecological integrity (the conservation of essential ecological processes and life support systems, including biodiversity and the physical resource base of air, soil and water) of natural and artificial systems such as agriculture, forestry and urban areas.
  • Ensure equity for all sectors of the community, including young and old, residents and visitors, contributors to and users of Latrobe City’s resources, for current inhabitants and for our children and future generations.
  • Adopt precautionary behaviour where there are possible or identified threats of serious or irreversible environmental damage.
  • Protect environmental resources as the top priority, enhance as the second priority, and consider replacement as a last resort.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legislation and government policies.
  • Seek effective integration of policies and strategies for ecologically sustainable development with federal, state and local government programs, including the Planning Scheme, West Gippsland Regional Catchment Strategy and state environment protection policies.
This policy has been reviewed after giving proper consideration to all the rights contained within the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006; and any reasonable limitation to human rights can be demonstrably justified