Ironbark joined BioRegional Australia and its network of aspiring One Planet Councils for a casual evening of drinks and nibbles as part of the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne on 20th February 2014.
We got to hear first hand from a range of inspirational local council representatives who are at various stages of applying the One Planet framework, many with the aspiration of becoming Australia's first One Planet Council.
Suzette Jackson from Innate Ecology spoke about the wonderful work of the City of Greater Geelong and the opportunities that the One Planet Council program presents, especially in regards to economic development and jobs. Suzette's presentation – and the process with Geelong – had a particular focus on the wider community.
Ironbark’s Alexi Lynch outlined the process that the City of Greater Geraldton in WA undertook late last year. Geraldton’s focus is on Council operations and is in the process of finalising a gap analysis with Ironbark. The analysis has identified how Geraldton’s current actions and policies compare to the 10 One Planet principles. After a series of workshops and a review of Council’s policies and strategies Geraldton now understand how they compare to the One Planet Councils framework and can plan on how to fill the “gap”.
It’s clear from feedback on the night that the in-built flexibility of One Planet Councils is a winner. There’s no rigid structure, as was clearly demonstrated by the presenters at this event – Councils can make it work for them and their own unique circumstances.
Thanks to Kinfolk Café for hosting the event, BioRegional for organising it and the dozens of local government staff, stakeholders and councillors who came along.
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