A healthy natural environment that promotes climate resilience

Under State and Federal government legislation, Local Government in Victoria must plan for how it will respond and adapt to climate change risks, and consider climate change in its decisions and actions.

In August 2019, Council passed a resolution recognising we are in a state of climate and biodiversity breakdown. Council acknowledges the need to contribute to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ensure Bendigo is a resilient city and conserve biodiversity in the region.In 2021, the Greater Bendigo Environment Strategy will be renewed and will incorporate the City’s response to Council’s Climate Change and Biodiversity Breakdown resolution

In recent community consultation, residents said they valued:

  • Create well-designed spaces that are mindful of our future climate
  • Protect existing trees, improve habitats and support conversation
  • Plant more indigenous plants
  • Minimise impacts to local wildlife, plants and trees as Greater Bendigo grows
  • Recognise Traditional Owners’ connection to the land and local knowledge
  • Strengthen connection and relationship between farmers/producers, schools and the general community
  • Use the COVID-19 recovery as an opportunity to invest in projects that have positive impacts on the environment (e.g. improve energy efficiency of housing and buildings)

Fast Facts

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These City of Greater Bendigo strategies aim to support the development of a healthy natural environment and promote climate resilience:

Imagine Greater Bendigo

Discover more about the Imagine Greater Bendigo project, including the other five themes and how you can share your ideas.