Blue Mountains Planetary Health Initiative - We want to hear from you!

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The Blue Mountains Planetary Health Initiative is a City-wide initiative, which builds on our 20-year history of being a leader in embedding sustainability into our operations.

As we start to shape our plans for this initiative, we want to hear from you - our staff. You can send through your suggestions at the bottom of this page, but first read why Blue Mountains City Council (and local government) should play a leading role in planetary health.

Why should Blue Mountains City Council strive to be a leader in planetary health?

  • We are a City surrounded by a World Heritage Area – one of only two cities in the world.
  • Planetary health and sustainability is at the heart of our Community Strategic Plan.
  • We are responsible for managing significant natural assets that underpin the identity and health of the region, including 10,000 hectares of bushland, 300km of creeks, 20 hectares of open freshwater bodies and 500 hectares of Endangered Ecological communities.
  • As steward of a City in a World Heritage National Park, we manage the impact of development on the environment, protect and conserve world heritage natural values and protect the health of drinking water catchments.
  • The Blue Mountains is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world.

Why should Local Government play a leading role in planetary health?

  • Councils look at a local area in integrated way – encompassing social, economic and environmental factors.
  • Local Government is the level of government closest to the people, and in the best position to consider all matters that influence the health of a community and City.
  • Planetary health requires us to understand connections and interconnections and Blue Mountains City Council can provide insight on this, in a unique setting. We can think locally, but act globally.

Council's history of sustainability

We have a long history of embedding sustainability into our operations and practices, and helping to protect the planet, including:

  • Recognising Traditional Owners and sustainable resource management practices used for millennia.
  • Committing to being carbon neutral by 2025.
  • Protecting and restoring biodiversity.
  • Protecting our waterways.
  • Supporting sustainable planning and development.
  • Working to become an internationally accredited ECO Destination, and
  • Integrating the Rights of Nature into our operations and planning.

At this critical moment in history, we are embracing our responsibility to not only ensure the environmental, social and economic sustainability of our community at a local level, but to also play an important leadership role to contribute to the overall health of the planet.

Critical partnerships

Our existing and future partnerships are critical in our contributions to the health of our planet.

We are committed to working with stakeholders to support and gather best practice examples of growing planetary health in the Blue Mountains, so we can share these solutions with the rest of our community and more broadly.

One of the most critical partnerships is between Council and you - BMCC staff. We value your ideas and input, and invite you to take the short survey below.

The Blue Mountains Planetary Health Initiative is a City-wide initiative, which builds on our 20-year history of being a leader in embedding sustainability into our operations.

As we start to shape our plans for this initiative, we want to hear from you - our staff. You can send through your suggestions at the bottom of this page, but first read why Blue Mountains City Council (and local government) should play a leading role in planetary health.

Why should Blue Mountains City Council strive to be a leader in planetary health?

  • We are a City surrounded by a World Heritage Area – one of only two cities in the world.
  • Planetary health and sustainability is at the heart of our Community Strategic Plan.
  • We are responsible for managing significant natural assets that underpin the identity and health of the region, including 10,000 hectares of bushland, 300km of creeks, 20 hectares of open freshwater bodies and 500 hectares of Endangered Ecological communities.
  • As steward of a City in a World Heritage National Park, we manage the impact of development on the environment, protect and conserve world heritage natural values and protect the health of drinking water catchments.
  • The Blue Mountains is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world.

Why should Local Government play a leading role in planetary health?

  • Councils look at a local area in integrated way – encompassing social, economic and environmental factors.
  • Local Government is the level of government closest to the people, and in the best position to consider all matters that influence the health of a community and City.
  • Planetary health requires us to understand connections and interconnections and Blue Mountains City Council can provide insight on this, in a unique setting. We can think locally, but act globally.

Council's history of sustainability

We have a long history of embedding sustainability into our operations and practices, and helping to protect the planet, including:

  • Recognising Traditional Owners and sustainable resource management practices used for millennia.
  • Committing to being carbon neutral by 2025.
  • Protecting and restoring biodiversity.
  • Protecting our waterways.
  • Supporting sustainable planning and development.
  • Working to become an internationally accredited ECO Destination, and
  • Integrating the Rights of Nature into our operations and planning.

At this critical moment in history, we are embracing our responsibility to not only ensure the environmental, social and economic sustainability of our community at a local level, but to also play an important leadership role to contribute to the overall health of the planet.

Critical partnerships

Our existing and future partnerships are critical in our contributions to the health of our planet.

We are committed to working with stakeholders to support and gather best practice examples of growing planetary health in the Blue Mountains, so we can share these solutions with the rest of our community and more broadly.

One of the most critical partnerships is between Council and you - BMCC staff. We value your ideas and input, and invite you to take the short survey below.

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