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.The importance of retaining natural areas within the urban footprint is understood.

Our aspirations and aims

As a City surrounded by a World Heritage National Park, we strive to minimise the impact of our urban footprint on the natural environment and to be a model for sustainable living. 

Living in harmony with the environment, we care for the ecosystems and habitats that support life. We look after, enjoy and actively manage the healthy creeks and waterways, diverse flora and fauna and clean air and fertile soil.

In response to climate change, we have developed strategies to prepare, adapt and build resilience to likely impacts. We have become a leader in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and increasing our use of renewable energies. We aim to conserve energy and the natural resources we use.

By 2035 we are a more environmentally responsible City.


2.1: The condition, health and diversity of native flora, fauna, habitat, ecosystems, waterways, water catchments and groundwater are maintained and enhanced.

2.2: Resources are used and managed in an environmentally responsible way.

2.3: The community and all levels of government work together to protect the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

2.4: Traditional owners and the broader Aboriginal community are supported to connect to, care for and benefit from Country.

Challenges and opportunities

  • Community and assets protected from bushfires and other natural disasters.
  • The Blue Mountains is a leader in initiatives that address climate change.
  • Greater use of renewable energy and resources.
  • City’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions reduced.
  • Natural systems are managed to promote overall health of the ecosystem and increase resilience to climate changes.
  • Risks and impacts of urban areas on natural systems managed and reduced.
  • Integrated water management practices are applied to new development and retrofitted where possible.
  • Waste volume per person reduced.
  • Waste is treated as a resource and the proportion of waste recycled is increased.
  • Landfill life is extended.
  • No adverse impact on the quality of the World Heritage Area or Blue Mountains’ residential areas.
  • Litter free environment.