SHIRE of Mundaring's innovative approach to encourage sustainable development has received the 2019 Local Government Professionals 'Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Award'.
The prestigious award was accepted by the Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Throssell and Director of Statutory Services Mark Luzi at an award ceremony last week. Upon receiving the award, they said encouraging environmental stewardship and sustainable lifestyles was a priority for the Shire.
Mr Luzi said the Shire's Planning and Environment team was to be commended for its excellent work in balancing protection of biodiversity with safe and sustainable development in bushfire prone areas.
"There are large areas of the Shire that are bushfire prone," he said. "For example, the Parkerville/Stoneville/Mt Helena bushfire that occurred in January 2014 resulted in the loss of more than 50 houses, and the drying climate is increasing the risk for our residents."
"At the same time we know many people choose to live in this area because they love being close to nature. The Planning and Environment team collaborated with key stakeholders and developed a suite of tools and services which encourages early consideration of both bushfire risk and environmental factors in the design process."
Mr Luzi said the Environmental Asset Inspection service is still being improved with more information provided to landowners, including free books about weed control and a new Passive Solar Building Design information sheet.
Residents who would like to learn more about sustainable and energy efficient homes can register for a free Shire workshop on 7 December by clicking here.