Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Parramatta Lake

The City of Parramatta is going through great change and transformation. As Sydney’s Central City, a strong focus on environmental sustainability will prepare our City for the opportunities and challenges that unprecedented growth brings.

As the City grows we need to ensure that the natural environment improves creating a better quality of life, not just for people, but for all living things - we believe a great city is one that grows better every day.

It’s a place where parks and green spaces, transport, swimming places and the skyline all grow together. A great city is also one where everyone shares in the City’s success. To ensure this happens, we need a strong framework.

The City of Parramatta Environmental Sustainability Strategy outlines our key environmental directions and priorities as our City grows, so that all of us – residents, workers and visitors – feel the benefits of our growing City, while meeting our bigger goal of Building Australia’s Next Great City.

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How do we define environmental sustainability?

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. Its 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.

What has our community told us?

Our community wants:

  • More parks, green space and trees, healthy waterways, bushland and biodiversity to relax, escape and enjoy for passive and active recreation.
  • A holistic approach to development that sees environment, the economy and other social infrastructure improved at the same time.
  • An eco-efficient, smart city where buildings can use less energy and water and recycle more waste efficiently as the City grows.
  • Transport options – improved public transport, cycleways, walking routes and less road traffic.

Strategy themes

A City in Nature - is about protecting and enhancing our parks and green spaces, bushland and biodiversity and waterways, while also providing more trees. We want nature to be a feature of our local government area; something that everyone notices and enjoys.

Built for the Future – is about sustainable design that uses less – water, energy and materials – to do more. It’s about improving efficiencies in both existing buildings, new buildings and key development precincts and ensuring that our lives become more liveable while at the same time reducing our impact on the natural environment.

Connected and Resilient Communities – is about protecting and improving the liveability of our community in extreme weather events such as heatwaves and flooding to help minimise the impact from disaster. It is also about connecting the community through active and public transport, bringing more life to our streets, public spaces and natural areas for recreating.

Leading by Example – is about Councils responsibility to lead the way as Sydney’s Central City in environmental sustainability performance. By showing how it’s done, we can inspire best practice amongst our local businesses and our residents.

The strategy seeks to deliver 20 long term goals through a series of actions over four yearly cycles and will be reviewed and updated including revised actions to align with the City’s budget cycles and Council terms.

strategy goals

Theme Priority Goals
A City in Nature Parks & Green Space
  • Protect, enhance and increase our parks and green spaces to make them a community feature
  Bushland & Biodiversity
  • Protect and enhance the health of our unique natural ecosystem of plants and animals
  The Urban Forest
  • Increase canopy cover to 40% by 2050 (based on 2016 levels)
  River & Waterways
  • Make the Parramatta River swimmable again by 2025
Built for the Future Energy and Carbon
  • 60% emissions reduction by 2038 (based on 2015 levels)
  • 50% of electricity demand to be met by renewable energy by 2038
  Water Use
  • No net increase in portable water consumption by 2038 (based on 2015 levels)
  Waste and Litter
  • Reduce resource consumption from 8.2 kg to 6.1 kg per person by 2038 (based on 2015 levels)
  • Increase diversion from landfill to 85% by 2038
  • Reduce the volume of litter by 40% by 2020
Connected and Resilient Communities Sustainable Transport
  • 10% of trips made by walking and cycling by 2038
  Urban Heat
  • Improve liveability by cooling the City and protecting people and communities from heat stress
  Flooding
  • Minimise the impact of flooding on the community
Leading by Example Council Energy, Water and Waste
  • Carbon neutral by 2022
  • 60% Emissions reduction by 2038 (based on 2015 levels)
  • No net increase in potable water consumption by 2038 (based on 2015 levels)
  • 90% Diversion rate for council waste by 2038

 

  Council Fleet and Staff Travel
  • Reduce council fleet emissions by 20% by 2038 (based on 2015 levels)
  • Reduce single-occupancy car commutes to and from work by council staff to 35% by 2023 (based on 2016 levels)
  Responsible Investment and Procurement
  • Sustainability criteria are considered in all of Council’s procurement activites

For more information, email us at environmentallysustainable@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au or contact Mark Matthews in the Environmental Outcomes Team on (02) 9806 5109.