A key document guiding subdivisions is the Planning Scheme and while the Benalla Ordinance may touch on Environment and Sustainability there is little detail on how these values should be implemented in subdivisions.
It would be informative to see what other councils are doing in this area. The Bendigo Council has adopted a One Planet Living framework to guide Ecological Sustainable Design in Subdivisions.
The Goulburn Broken Climate Alliance is currently running a Sustainable Subdivisions Project and their Environmentally Sustainable Development Advisor, Simon Blackwell, has commenced trialling the Sustainable Subdivision Framework in eight municipalities in the Alliance. This project has led to a sustainable subdivision in Indigo Shire. Although Benalla Council is a member of the Alliance it is not a member of this project. However, Councils Nathan Gasperoni has advised that Benalla Council will be getting feedback about this project.
Existing housing stock will have a substantial influence on reaching Net Zero by 2050 so improvements here need to be considered.
The Footprint Networks Earth Overshoot estimates that in 2022 we required 1.75 earths to sustain the population. We are maintaining our ecological deficit by drawing down local resource stocks, excessive disposal of waste materials and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Our group is listed on the BSFG website as Sustainable Development and that its name, purpose, and activities are to be agreed on.
Two possibilities from the BSFG Review were;
- Engage and Work with Council on Sustainable Planning and
- Development Engage and Work with Council on Sustainable Retrofits.
Hopefully, we can soon define the group and projects and activities to work on."
Report Presented to BSFG AGM on 25 May 2023