Wyndham City has a number of strategies, plans and policies that inform our programs and outline our strategic directions in regards to environmental sustainability.
City Forest and Habitat Strategy (2017 – 2040)
The City Forest and Habitat Strategy (2017 – 2040) aims for Wyndham to be a vibrant living ecosystem with shade and green spaces that support healthy communities and resilient, connected, natural environments.
By implementing this Strategy, Wyndham will:
- Be threaded with natural habitat corridors to foster biodiversity including local wildlife;
- Have a significant increase in tree coverage and diversity;
- Incorporate natural ecosystems into urban areas;
- Provide residents access to nature for recreation and enhanced experiences of public spaces;
- Use vegetation to stabilise urban temperature and humidity as well as increasing resilience to a changing climate; and,
- Facilitate the exchange of information about urban and rural living, well-being and ecological integration.
Areas of focus of the strategy include protecting and enhancing the environment of:
- The Werribee River
- Little River
- The Volcanic Plains Grasslands and Woodlands
- Urban Habitat Connections
- Parks and Reserves
We will work with Wyndham’s community and other key stakeholders to implement this strategy.
Environment & Sustainability Strategy 2016 - 2040
The Environment and Sustainability Strategy 2016 - 2040 addresses the key issues for Wyndham City with the focus on achieving a more sustainable future. This Strategy focuses on the following key areas:
- Greenhouse gases and energy
- Water Consumption
- Food and Food Production
- Monitoring, Education, Communication and Reporting
- Future Directions/Planning
Environmentally Sustainable Design Framework
The Environmentally Sustainable Design Framework aims to reduce the environmental impact of our buildings by improving the energy performance, reducing water use, using renewable energy and using environmentally responsible construction techniques and materials not only has environmental benefits but achieves substantial financial savings also. Collectively this approach is termed Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD).
Biodiversity Policy 2014
The Wyndham City Biodiversity Policy forms part of City’s Environment and Sustainability Strategy, designed to identify opportunities for conservation, enhancement of the natural environment and management of potential threats.
To enquire about any of the biodiversity offerings please contact Wyndham City’s Natural Environment Unit on 9742 0777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wyndham's Weed Management Framework
The Wyndham Weed Management Framework advocates the importance of increasing the awareness and capacity of the community to undertake weed control and the strengthening of inter-agency partnerships. Importantly, the Framework also highlights Wyndham City’s commitment to lead by example in meeting its obligations to control weeds on land that it owns and manages.
State of Environment Report
This 2017-2018 State of Environment Report for Wyndham City Council provides a snapshot of Wyndham’s environment. Further, it promotes Council’s environmental achievements and progress towards the Wyndham City Environment and Sustainability Strategy 2016-2040 targets.
This Report describes recent actions undertaken by Council and the Wyndham community to protect and enhance the natural environment and improve sustainability in Wyndham.
The City of Wyndham is located on the south-western edge of metropolitan Melbourne. Wyndham covers an area of 542km2 and features 27.4km of coastline along Port Phillip Bay, and is adjacent to the municipalities of Greater Geelong, Moorabool, Melton, Brimbank and Hobsons Bay.
Wyndham is one of Melbourne’s designated growth corridors and has one of the fastest growth rates in Victoria. Wyndham’s total population in 2018 was 257,028 people, with a projected population of 384,000 in 2036. This increase in population has put strain on the natural environment of Wyndham and requires ongoing investment to keep up with demands for sustainable services like water management, waste and renewables.
Wyndham is home to many significant waterways, wetlands, coastal areas and grasslands, such as the Werribee River, Skeleton Creek, the Port Phillip Bay coastline, the Truganina Cemetery remnant grassland, the Point Cook Coastal Park and the Western Treatment Plant Wetlands.
Site Environmental Management Plan
To ensure adequate environmental management procedures are followed during construction works, Wyndham City requires all projects in Wyndham to prepare and implement a Site Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) to Council’s satisfaction. Wyndham City's standard SEMP template must be used in conjunction with its guidelines and standards manual.
Landscape Context Guidelines
The Landscape Context Guidelines aims to assist Council, other authorities and developers to safeguard the visual, natural and cultural heritage values of urban and rural landscapes when developing precinct structure plans, planning schemes and development proposals.
Water Action Plan 2015- 2020
The Water Action Plan establishes Wyndham City’s direction on water conservation and alternative water use for Council facilities and operations over the next five years.
Climate Change Adaption Strategy 2016 - 2020
The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy has been prepared, completing a 2014/15 City Plan action to develop Wyndham City’s climate change risk management response.
The Strategy responds to Wyndham’s priority climate change risks and existing gaps, and also seeks to establish a culture of organisational learning to feed into future Council work.
The Strategy has five themes, which it seeks to respond to, including:
- Managing water use and urban heat reduction
- Empowering a resilient community
- Protecting our biodiversity
- Building climate resilient infrastructure
- Establishing adaptation excellence.
Waste & Litter Strategy 2016 - 2040
Wyndham’s Waste & Litter Strategy 2016 - 2040 shifts the focus from waste management to resource recovery, creating a comprehensive roadmap in order to achieve the ultimate goal of 90% waste diversion from landfill.
Wyndham Stormwater Management Plan 2015
The Wyndham Stormwater Management Plan 2015 is a strategic plan that provides a review of Council’s existing systems and processes associated with Stormwater Management and Water Urban Design practices.
It provides direction for Council in terms of further improving stormwater management and sets out strategic outcomes rather than specific targets.
Wyndham City Integrated Water Cycle Management Plan
The Wyndham Integrated Water Cycle Management Plan (IWCMP), adopted at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 4th July 2017, outlines Wyndham City’s plan to manage water supply and quality over the years to come. The Plan recognises the social, economic, & environmental values of water to its community.
Through this plan, Council aims to achieve a holistic approach to water management. The objectives for this plan are set around creating a resilient & liveable city, and improving the health and amenity of Wyndham’s waterways through a more collaborative approach.
Under these objectives the plan presents actions and targets for Council to achieve within a 2020 - 2040 timeframe revolving around providing access to water for the community, allowing for greener parks, protecting Wyndham’s waterways and water resources, and increasing the use of alternative water resources.
Wyndham Coastal Management Plan Issues & Opportunities Paper
Wyndham City endorsed the Coastal Management Plan (CMP) for the Wyndham coastline on Tuesday 7 August. The CMP will guide the future planning and development of coastal land from the Werribee River to the Point Cook Coastal Park. We have just released an Issues and Opportunities Paper, an important step towards the development of the CMP.
This discussion paper explores a wide range of coastal planning issues identified by Wyndham residents and visitors during community engagement activities hosted by Council in early 2018. The Paper also discusses a range of planning, environmental management and development issues affecting the coastline identified in various strategies and legislation including:
- The Victorian Coastal Strategy, 2014 Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, DELWP) identifies key issues that place pressure on the values of the coastal environment including natural and built assets.
- The Guidelines for the Preparation of Coastal Management Plans 2017 (DELWP).
- The Bay Blueprint, 2017 (Association of Bayside Municipalities) provides a framework for planning for climate change impacts in Port Phillip Bay.
- Wyndham Council’s Integrated Water Cycle Management Plan and Forest and Habitat Strategy
Preparation of an Issues and Opportunities paper is a requirement of DELWP under the Guidelines for the Preparation of Coastal Management Plans.
The Wyndham City MUSIC Software Guidelines
The Wyndham City MUSIC Software Guidelines aim to provide a local context and consistency for the application of MUSIC models on water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and stormwater harvesting projects within the Wyndham municipality.
It provides guidance on input parameters and modelling approaches for MUSIC and requirements for MUSIC modelling submissions. This document is not intended to be used as a design manual but as a supplementary guide for local projects.
Wyndham City Water Sensitive Urban (WSUD) Selection & Design Guidelines 2018
The Wyndham City WSUD design and selection guideline has been developed for applicants to better understand Council’s expectations and ensure a uniform approach to the implementation of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) within the Wyndham municipality.
The guideline outlines Wyndham City’s commonly accepted WSUD treatment assets, including:
- A selection matrix to identify the appropriate asset for different situations
- Key design requirements
- The information to be included when submitting WSUD treatment asset designs to Council for approval.
This guideline will ensure that all WSUD treatment assets are designed to best practice standards and provide best value to the community, by considering long term asset performance, public safety, ease and cost of maintenance, amenity and integration with urban design.