Environment

Climate change presents a threat to our natural and built environment, to our communities and economy. Increased flooding, bushfires and heat stress are all risks which Warrnambool is vulnerable to.  Building a community which has greater resilience to a changing climate is a high priority.

Warrnambool and the wider Great South Coast [region] is well placed to face many of the challenges posed by climate change. The region has an abundance of clean and renewable energy opportunities from wind, wave, solar and geothermal. Warrnambool has the opportunity to develop as a future “Green City” with vast amounts of public open space, corridors for flora and fauna, predicted reliable rainfall increasing sustainable transport options and the ability to plan for a sustainable built environment.

The Warrnambool community has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability and caring for the natural environment.
From the revegetation of the Flume and the creation of the community garden to the protection of Coastal Spaces the community has shown that the natural environment and sustainable use of resources is a high priority.

What is going well in Warrnambool?

  • 98 indigenous vegetation species along our coast, 6 are rare species.
  • Revegetation of indigenous plants along our waterways
  • The Middle Island Project – Use of Maremma guardian dogs to protect the colony of Little Penguins.
  • Street Smart Lighting Project – 1902 mercury vapour lights replaced with efficient LED globes.
  • 68 kms of on-road bike lanes
  • Reuse of stormwater
  • 42% of open space has a conservation function

What needs Improvement in Warrnambool?

  • Use of sustainable transport modes - cycling, walking, public transport
  • Recycling of waste - only 39%
  • Up take of energy efficiency programs and practices
  • Use of indigenous vegetation and shade canopy planting in public spaces and private property
  • Only 78% of houses within 1km of a major off-road trail (target 95%)
  • Public access and habitat corridors along waterways