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Environment

Environmental Sustainability Strategy

A great city grows better every day

Our Environmental Sustainability Strategy is putting in place the thinking, planning and actions to ensure that the City grows economically, while also creating vibrant, smart, resilient neighbourhoods, and great places to play.

The Strategy focuses on four key themes:

 

Environmental sustainability strategy framework

Select each key theme above to learn about the environmental priorities, goal for the future, why it is important, what Council is currently doing and what the future actions are.

 

Environmental Sustainability Progress Report 2017-2021

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The City of Parramatta’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy was endorsed in 2017, with Council committing to report on its implementation. To close out the Strategy’s four-year action plan, a detailed report which reviews overall progress against the 2017 Strategy’s endorsed actions has been prepared.

Council’s four-year report card on progress towards long-term environmental targets shows some excellent results. This is despite some key challenges such as COVID-19, which had a significant impact on services and staffing.

The Strategy set the bar high and committed Council to ambitious goals and strong actions across four key environmental themes: A City in Nature, Built for the Future, Connected and Resilient Communities and Leading by Example. Council has also shown leadership in key areas such as open space planning, environmentally sustainable development controls, energy reduction and progress to becoming net zero.

Some of our key achievements include:

  • providing a natural swimming site and regionally recognised attraction at Lake Parramatta
  • delivering Escarpment Boardwalk, the last piece in a continuous 20km dedicated connection along the Parramatta River
  • improved flood resilience and community flood preparedness with the FloodSmart Parramatta service
  • a 33.2% reduction in corporate energy use
  • the upgrade of 53% of our streetlights to energy efficient LEDs.

Sustainability opportunities

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Council offers a range of opportunities for individuals, schools, community and businesses to be more sustainable.

Find out more:

Collaborative projects

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The City of Parramatta works in close collaboration with leading experts, professionals and peak bodies to make sure that our plans for the City meet the current and future needs of our diverse communities.

Defining sustainability

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Our environment defines how we live and what we do. It’s the spaces we play in, and the place we build. It’s how we get around, and the community around us. It’s where we work and where we call home.

Environmental sustainability is maintaining all the things we love about where we live, work and play. It’s about preserving everything that make our City great, even as it grows. It is the landscape on which we seek to grow Australia’s next great city, by bringing together nature, transport and a better built environment for the benefit of all.

For more information

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Contact the Environmental Outcomes Team on 9806 5620 or environmentallysustainable@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

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