Foundations to pave the way for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Sustainability Advisory Sub-Committee

Hot topic: Sustainability and climate change are in the spotlight.
Hot topic: Sustainability and climate change are in the spotlight.

A new sustainability sub-committee's charter is proposed to get the stamp of approval at the November council meeting.

Councillors will consider the matter at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's meeting on Wednesday (November 18).

A recommendation proposes for the council to endorse the Sustainability Advisory Sub-Committee charter as well as determine which councillors will be the sub-committee's chairperson and deputy chairperson.

Councillors had a robust debate at the October meeting around climate emergency declaration considerations.

A charter was requested to come before the November meeting to support the implementation and establishment of a technical-based sustainability sub-committee.

A briefing to councillors is due before the end of 2020 and a report is to come to the March 2021 meeting to enable the council to more fully consider actions required following a climate emergency declaration.

The council earlier agreed to develop a sustainability and climate change strategy and fund a sustainability officer position.

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The council report said it was now considered appropriate, in line with community feedback, that council established a more formal technical sub-committee to assist in the development of the sustainability and climate change strategy and monitor its ongoing implementation.

Sustainability Advisory Sub-committee members will be sought through an expression of interest process.

The sub-committee's role proposes to include supporting the council in promoting projects, facilities and services with the wider community and discussing issues of mutual concern about council policy, strategy or direction.

It is proposed the group would also provide advice and guidance in the development of council's plans and strategies, advise the council on sustainability and climate change issues as well as advise on the implementation of the adopted sustainability and climate change strategy.

Other items on the council meeting agenda include reports on cost shifting, a bicentenary event planned in April, an update on the Health and Education Precinct, and the draft Bain Park Master Plan.

The council meeting, which begins at 5.30pm on Wednesday, can be watched on the council's YouTube channel.

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