Perth council adopts One Planet Living initiative

Town of Bassendean administration building. Picture: David Baylis.
Town of Bassendean administration building. Picture: David Baylis.

BASSENDEAN Council has followed in the City of Fremantle’s footsteps in adopting the One Planet Living sustainability framework.

The council voted to adopt the framework at the June 25 meeting, which will guide the Town to plan for a sustainable future as part of its strategic and corporate planning cycle in 2019-2020.

There are 10 principles that form part of the framework, including equity and local economy, zero waste and carbon energy, local and sustainable food and travel and transport.

Sixteen staff will have a full training day, which will cost $12,400.

The Town will also spend $4000 for its Bioregional Australia membership, which is charity that formed the framework.

Mayor Renee McLennan said the Town’s commitment was an important step in its “sustainability journey”.

“Adoption of the guiding principles will help to ensure that environmental, economic and social sustainability are at the heart of all that we do and embedded in our decision making,” she said.

“The 10 principles aim to help create a future for our community where it is easy, attractive and affordable for people to lead happy and healthy lives within a fair share of the earth’s resources.

“It is also representative of our desire to continue to show leadership on how local governments and communities can lead the way on sustainability through their local actions and ambitious targets.

“I’m proud to be part of a community that is helping to pave the way for change that will deliver healthy future for our children and generations ahead.”

The City of Fremantle adopted the framework in 2014.

List of principles  
– Health and happiness
– Equity and local economy
– Culture and community
– Land and nature
– Sustainable water
– Local and sustainable food
– Travel and transport