An environmentally responsible city

Together We Protect

An environmentally responsible city is concerned with the human impact on the natural environment and how resources are used. The natural environment is valued for its intrinsic nature and role in maintaining all forms of life.

With an awareness of global and local issues, the City respects, conserves and restores the environment and avoids development in areas that are ecologically sensitive or prone to natural hazards.

The importance of retaining natural areas within the urban footprint, including open space for active and passive recreation, is understood.

Values, Aspirations and Aims

We value our surrounding bushland and the World Heritage National Park.

Recognising that the Blue Mountains natural environment is dynamic and changing, we look after and enjoy the healthy creeks and waterways, diverse flora and fauna and clean air.

Living in harmony with the environment, we care for the ecosystems and habitats that support life in the bush and in our backyards.

We aim to conserve energy and the natural resources we use and reduce environmental impacts by living sustainably.

By 2025, we are a more environmentally responsible City.


Objective 1.1 The health and diversity of native flora, fauna, habitat and ecosystems are maintained

Objective 1.2 The health of waterways and water catchments is maintained

Objective 1.3 City activities contribute to a healthy atmosphere and resilience and adaptation to climate change

Objective 1.4 Resources are used and managed in an environmentally responsible way

Objective 1.5 The community and all levels of government work together to protect the Blue Mountains World Heritage environment

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Managing development to minimise impacts on the environment including those impacts associated with development, land clearing, pollution, weeds, feral and domesticated animals, groundwater extraction and disruption, sewage overflows, the release of effluent and chemicals into streams and the interface between urban and natural areas;
  • Ensuring the Council’s Local Environment Plan continues to protect the City’s village character and natural environment;
  • Managing urban runoff amidst the challenging geography of the Blue Mountains, where ridge top towns and villages drain to sensitive downstream environments within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA) and drinking water storages;
  • Climate changes influencing the resilience of our natural systems and changing the patterns of bushfire, storm and snow events;
  • Protecting biodiversity in one of the most bushfire-prone areas of Australia;
  • Fostering social and economic well-being while protecting the GBMWHA;
  • Managing our water as a valuable environmental and social resource;
  • Lifting water quality outcomes requires consideration of alternative technologies such as Water Sensitive Urban Design;
  • Improving the sustainability of the city through reduced carbon emissions and reducing and avoiding waste;
  • Extending the life of the landfill available locally at the Blaxland Waste Management facility; and
  • Potential development of the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek and its possible adverse impact on quality of life and on the World Heritage Blue Mountains environment and its internationally recognised natural values.

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