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As 2020 draws to a close, protecting our World Heritage Area remains more critical than ever

17 Dec 2020

As the unforgettable year of 2020 draws to a close, so to does the 20th Anniversary of the Greater Blue Mountains region being granted World Heritage status by the United Nations. 

For the past six months, Blue Mountains City Council has been marking this important milestone by acknowledging and celebrating what a unique privilege and responsibility it is to manage a City within a World Heritage Area.

Critical service areas of Council have been highlighted over the past months, including water resource management, protection of the environment and threatened species, recognition of Traditional Owners, and future developments in the emerging scientific field of Planetary Health. 

As catastrophic bushfires, floods and a global pandemic have demonstrated to all of us just how fragile life on earth can be, our community endorsed vision for a Sustainable Blue Mountains has never been more critical to ensure the long-term health of our region. 

In this final month of celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Blue Mountains gaining World Heritage status, Blue Mountains City Council would like to recognise and pay tribute to the vital role that our community plays in helping us achieve the vision of an environmentally, socially and economically Sustainable Blue Mountains. 

From working with community-led networks such as Resilient Blue Mountains, to partnering with the Tourism and Hospitality sectors to allow the Blue Mountains to become a leader in Sustainable Tourism, to working with the business community to facilitate energy and waste reduction programs, to engaging our young people through the BMCC Youth Council, we acknowledge that our community’s greatest asset is its people.  

Mayor Mark Greenhill said: “The Blue Mountains community is made up of a great number of talented, passionate, hard working and civic minded people whose collective efforts enrich our community in a myriad of ways. It is by working together as a community that we are in the strongest position to realise our goal of achieving social and economic wellbeing for all who call the Blue Mountains home, while continuing to protect and enhance our World Heritage environment. Every day we are getting closer to realising this goal.”

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