SUSTAINABILITY is front of mind as our city continues to grow. In March, council launched Sustainable Ipswich, which sets out to 2021, how we will protect and enhance our environment and the city's liveability for current and future generations. The strategy is about much more than just detailing our overarching vision; we've set measurable targets to allow us to track our progress. Key targets include:
. A minimum of 10,000 residents, including school children, participating in conservation and sustainability activities each year.
. Hosting an inaugural Youth Sustainability Summit in 2017 to bring together government agencies, community groups, the private sector and local schools.
. Planting 150,000 new trees by 2021.
. Working with partners towards becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2021.
. Delivering a 100 per cent rollout of domestic green waste collection services by 2021.
. Diverting 10,000 tonnes of waste from landfill so it can be processed and add value to local product and industry.
We've also established council's first Sustainability Advisory Group to oversee and monitor the strategy's progress. I encourage you to take a look at the strategy at www.ipswich.qld.gov.au
Have you checked out the new Discover Ipswich magazine? For the first time, the magazine was delivered to Ipswich households as well as the usual visitor information centres. We did this to help residents explore their own backyard and become better acquainted with the many great experiences on offer locally.
It's the perfect guide for new residents and includes more than 100 things to do across Ipswich.
Give some a try and share your experiences with friends from out of town. More tourists visiting Ipswich combined with more residents choosing to spend their recreation time locally instead of leaving the city limits is great for our local economy.
Talking of things to do, two fantastic Ipswich events are just around the corner. Ipswich Festival kicks off in a blaze of colour on 4 May, with a full 10 minutes of fireworks over the Bremer River. The festival runs to 14 May.
The festival website at www.ipswichfestival.com.au has more information.
The countdown is also on to this year's Ipswich Show, from May. 19-21.
The show is a tremendous event where country and city come together and a great family day out.
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