Protected & Enhanced Environment

In 2030 our unique environment will be understood, maintained and protected.

The natural environment is crucial to our overall wellbeing. It sustains and contains both our society and the local economy. Newcastle’s natural environment is valued highly by the community. As a community, we understand the need for careful management of the environment. Good environmental and natural resource management is a requirement for the sustainability of the region into the future.

What We Want As a Community

The Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan was developed following a significant shared planning process with direct input from a wide cross section of the community. It seeks to build on our strengths and unique assets, and describes our shared long term vision for a resilient city that is smart, liveable and sustainable.

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Protected and Enhanced Environment Objectives

2.1  Greater efficiency in the use of resources.
2.2  Our unique natural environment is maintained, enhanced and connected.
2.3  Environment and climate change risks and impacts are understood and managed.

Protected and Enhanced Environment projects

  • City Wide Flood Management Plan Stage 2
  • Street and park tree replacement program
  • Coastal Estuary and Sand Scoping Study
  • Wetland rehabilitation program
  • Completion of coastal hazard mapping
  • Carbon management and reduction for Council operations
  • Implement bushfire hazard management plan
  • Biodiversity protection of ecological communities.
These projects form part of the strategies that will be actioned through the Four-Year Delivery Plan and One-Year Operational Plan. Find out more about  Delivering the Plan.

Making Progress

In the past 12 months Council has continued with a range of initiatives to improve the environment and reduce our impact. Environmental rehabilitation and restoration works have continued along the estuary and ocean foreshore, local waterways, wetlands and bushlands.

The   State of the City Report (pdf) measures our progress towards a Protected and Enhanced Environment and a smart, liveable and sustainable Newcastle.

Find out more about  Measuring our Progress.