Friday, 23 September 2016 16:41

Focus on: Fairfield Council caring for the environment

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Caring for the environment is high on the agenda at Fairfield City Council.

Fairfield City Council’s Sustainable Resource Centre was recently named as a finalist in the NSW Government’s Green Globe Awards this month.

The Centre’s entry in the resource efficiency section of the awards outlined its work in recycling demolition and construction material from demolishers, builders, civil contractors, other local councils and private companies.

The Sustainable Resource Centre accepts difficult-to-recycle construction materials such as terracotta roof tiles, bricks, concrete and asphalt from a range of sources for recycling and reuse.

This construction waste is then turned into produces such as sand, road base and cement aggregate for re-sale - keeping unnecessary waste out of landfill and helping to conserve water and reduce pollution.

The Green Globe Award winner will be announced on 28 October.

However this is not the only environmental initiative Council has on the boil. Fairfield Council has been working hard to improve the environment in a range of areas including planting 30,000 trees as part of the 20 million trees project, rejuvenating its major creek systems, holding tours for residents so they can see the results of these projects, and conducting school holiday events for children to learn about caring for their environment.

Fairfield Council recently invested $1.5 million to rehabilitate Orphan School Creek in Canley Heights/Fairfield West. More than 800 metres of the creek has been rejuvenated, and will result in improved water quality, an increase in habitat diversity, and improved amenity for residents.

An annual Spring Environment Tour aims to inform interested people about significant areas of Fairfield City that are undergoing environmental restoration. For this year‘s event, in early October, five sites will be visited, providing an opportunity for people to increase their knowledge and awareness of local environmental issues.

Also popular with Fairfield City’s younger residents is another annual event; the Enviro Bootcamp. Held during the October school holidays, the bootcamp is a free, fun and interactive environmental education program designed for children aged between five to 12 years and run by experienced and enthusiastic Council officers.

Topics and activities include such things as a workshop on bushfire propagation and growing vegie seedlings, cooking with leftovers, a puppet show about water pollution and its effects on local wildlife, how to make a worm farm and vertical gardens using recycled materials, and a whole lot more.

Council has also embraced the philosophy of the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees Program and in the past two months (August and September 2016) has planted 30,000 new trees and groundcovers in recreation areas and elsewhere throughout the Fairfield local government area.

The planting of native Cumberland Plain Woodland species will help re-establish the region’s critically endangered ecological community and link up our parklands to help native animals, birds and insects to traverse the city.

 

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