Brimbank,
22
May
2018
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05:21
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Getting to know the Environment team

Summary

These days, it’s more important than ever to protect our environment so that future generations can enjoy a healthy future. 

Together with local community and volunteer groups, our environment team are determined to restore and enhance our natural environment and help reduce Brimbank’s environmental footprint.

 
 

Pictured: Council Land Management Officer, Tracey (pictured centre), joins local volunteers (from left to right) Nicholas, Chris and Bob for a community planting day along Kororoit Creek in Deer Park.

Meet the Environment team

The environment team is always happy to help spread the message of environmental sustainability.

With more than 390 hectares of natural environment, over 500 rare indigenous plants and 196 threatened animal species in Brimbank, it’s not hard to see why the team is passionate about protecting and conserving our unique landscape of flat grassy plains and steep river escarpments.

What do they do?

The Brimbank environment is diverse and so is the work carried out by our environment team.

Amongst their responsibilities is land management works including revegetation, ecological burns and pest animal and plant control.

On top of this, the team also supports private landholders and local conservation volunteer groups in restoring our landscape and natural habitats.

As planting season approaches, you may spot a group or two planting trees. By season’s end, the team will have planted over 13,000 indigenous grasses, shrubs and trees across Brimbank.

With the rising cost of utilities and waste, climate change concerns and growth of urban development, the environment team is always supporting our community to live a cleaner and greener future.

Part of this has meant changing over 11,500 streetlights to efficient LEDs, and installing solar power systems on council buildings. These improvements have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 24 per cent, which is almost halfway towards our target of a 50 per cent reduction by 2023.

We’re also making sure our new facilities incorporate environmentally sustainable design features that reduce the use of water, energy and waste.

Saving energy at home is also good for the environment. So going solar is just one way the team is helping the community reduce their energy costs.

Your feedback matters

We have a growing reputation for delivering excellence in customer service in Brimbank.

Council wants to hear from our customers and the wider community so we can continue to improve our services and programs. We value and welcome your feedback so let us know what we’re doing well or areas for improvement at brimbank.vic.gov.au/feedback