Warrnambool and the wider Great South Coast region are well placed to face many of the challenges posed by climate change. The global economy is moving away from coal-generated power and Warrnambool, with its abundance of renewable energy opportunities from wind, wave, solar and geothermal has the opportunity to show leadership and invest in a clean energy future.

Cities around the world regard trees and other vegetation as critical urban infrastructure (as important to functionality as roads or public transport) and they are vital to the health and wellbeing of communities.  Warrnambool has the opportunity to develop as a future “Green City” through connected parks and gardens, tree-lined streets, boulevards and city entry points. Warrnambool’s urban forest will help build ecological resilience towards climate change challenges through carbon storage and sequestration, stormwater interception, shade, cooling and wind abatement.

Warrnambool’s coast and waterways are the life that run through and connect the City and an important natural asset.   Climate change, population growth, together with our summer tourism boom, continues to place significant pressures on this fragile part of our environment.

Can Warrnambool be the most Sustainable Regional City in Australia by 2040?

GOAL: Warrnambool will be the most sustainable regional city in Australia

PRIORITY 1: A leading regional city – innovative, smart solutions

Warrnambool will be the most environmentally sustainable regional city in Australia. By being innovative and bold Warrnambool will lead our community to work collaboratively on sustainable solutions.

PRIORITY 2: Enjoy, love and respect its natural environment

Warrnambool will restore, maintain and enhance its natural environment, biodiversity corridors, waterways and coast for the benefit of all its inhabitants.  It will strive to improve our natural assets and invest in them for our future generations, drawing on traditional owner knowledge.

PRIORITY 3: Green Warrnambool

Warrnambool will develop greening initiatives such as the urban forest and nature strips, connecting green wedges, green roofs, vertical gardens,  and community gardens. Warrnambool will increase its green infrastructure and associated canopy cover for a cooler, water sensitive and biodiverse City

PRIORITY 4: We will adapt to the impacts of climate change

Warrnambool will be a collaborative community with agencies, institutions, universities, industry, businesses and community leaders partnering to develop the world’s best responses to the impacts of climate change by seeking new solutions to existing problems

PRIORITY 5: Zero net emissions

Warrnambool will have zero net emissions of greenhouse gases by reducing its emissions and sourcing all of its energy from renewable sources.

PRIORITY 6: Waste not

Warrnambool will maximise its resource efficiency by conserving, reducing, recycling and reusing its resources at every opportunity. It will close the waste loops and minimise waste production through resource recovery. Warrnambool citizens will be environmentally informed, ethically conscious, motivated consumers of goods and services.   

PRIORITY 7:  Consume less and wisely

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PRIORITY 8:  Warrnambool will conserve water and improve the health of its waterways through water sensitive urban design

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