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Sustainability

Why is Armidale Sustainable?

Sustainability is central to the future we’re seeking in Armidale. This means living well and enjoying life now without jeopardizing the diversity and quality of life in the future.

“Excellent Lifestyle, Sustainable Growth”

This is the vision in the Armidale Dumaresq Community Strategic Plan.

Throughout the community, people are working on air quality, local food, biodiversity, energy efficiency and waste management. The Lifestyle 2350 website outlines some of our environmental aims and achievements and the Facebook page outlines what’s happening and how to get involved.

One example is waste management in Armidale that supports a sustainable lifestyle. The Armidale community is now diverting more than 65% of their waste from landfill. ‘City to Soil’ is a community-owned, closed-loop composting system that is processing the kitchen and garden waste from 10,000 homes in the urban area. Food waste is collected fortnightly in compostable bags as part of the kerbside collection. The ‘green waste’ is turned into high quality compost that is sold back to local growers at a discounted rate for keeping contamination rates remarkably low (0.5%). In Armidale, we’re converting what was once considered a waste into a high quality product that’s in high demand by backyard gardeners and other local growers!

Armidale is surrounded by natural beauty for which we are all custodians. On our doorstep are New England and Oxley Wild Rivers National Parks, both of which are World Heritage Listed. People in Armidale like to think the trails in these parks provide some of the best bushwalks in the country.

Southern New England Landcare and The Tree Group in Armidale focus on maintaining and improving the condition of the unique High Country biodiversity. The Tree Group recently celebrated its 30th birthday. In that time they’ve worked with the community to grow and plant 1.5 million plants across the New England Region.

The Armidale City Bowling Club has been able to offset carbon emissions and provide habitat for native species through the purchase of 2.4 hectares of land being planted with trees. The Club also works with Council, Landcare, The Armidale Tree Group and Armidale Urban Rivercare Group to regenerate the beautiful Dumaresq Creek and parklands that run the heart of the City.

Councillors and staff at Armidale Council are demonstrating leadership in sustainability. At Council we have reduced our energy use by 40% in 4 years and are diverting 70% of waste from landfill in our main Civic Administration Building. This achievement is currently being showcased by Planet Ark!

Increasingly Armidale is being recognised for its environmental leadership and achievements.

Recent awards include:

  • Overall State Winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities Awards 2012 (November 2012).
  • Keep Australia Beautiful National Awards (May 2013):
  • Winner: Community Action and Partnerships; Resource Recovery and Waste Management
  • Runner-up for the overall national award.
  • NSW Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards (December 2013): Winner Population Division B – 20,000 – 60,000 for Sustainability Framework and two highly commended for Air Quality Communication and Organics Recovery.

More information:

A copy of the Community Strategic Plan and State of the Environment Report can be found on Armidale Dumaresq Council’s website along with other information about sustainability.

The State of the Environment Report is an annual environmental report card prepared by Council. It aligns with the work of many local organisations and individuals and presents the impact of our activities on environmental goals and targets in the Armidale Dumaresq Community Strategic Plan.

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