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What is Sustainability

What is Sustainability?

Mosman Council is committed to the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development. The Local Government Act of 1993 defines Ecologically Sustainable Development as the effective integration of environmental, economic and social considerations in the decision-making process.

Sustainable Development is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint for a more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030. Achieving the SDGs is in Australia’s interests: it will contribute to lasting global prosperity, productivity and stability. For more information, click here.

The Local Government Act 1993 provides the legal framework for an environmentally responsible system of local government in NSW. The Act requires councils, councillors and council employees to “have regard to the principles of ecologically sustainable development in carrying out their responsibilities.”

Council’s Charter includes to “properly manage, develop, protect, restore, enhance and conserve the environment of the area for which it is responsible, in a manner that is consistent with and promotes the principles of ecologically sustainable development.”

Mosman Council aims to increase the sustainability of our community through on-ground projects to improve efficiencies, as well as community education and engagement of sustainable practices.