Cr Sam Rowland says he's buoyed by the enthusiasm of a new sustainability working party and the input of youth.
The 30-year-old outgoing councillor initiated the group's formation in April. Its aim is to establish a vision for future sustainability in the region. Members will discuss climate change and biodiversity loss and develop recommendations to address these issues locally.
Three secondary school students jumped at the chance to join the working party after the council called for expressions of interest: Molly De Cseuz, Hannah Davey and Chloe Regterschot.
They join other community representatives Darrell Weekes, Penny Ackery, Ray Shiel, Roger Grice, Sonya Reyes and Danielle Marsden-Ballard. Cr Rowland chairs the group, while utilities director Marina Hollands provides guidance.
Cr Rowland said two introductory meetings had been held.
"They are all incredibly knowledgeable people and where there isn't expertise, there is passion," he said.
"The three young women from Mulwaree High School and Trinity Catholic College are incredible. They are very intelligent and concerned about their fellow man, their community and the planet more broadly.
"It gives me hope for the future to have people like that prepared to put their hand up and contribute to these types of discussions."
The council already has a sustainability action plan but the working party would come up with ideas and recommendations to complement this.
Members are drafting ideas for discussion at the next meeting.
Cr Rowland told the first forum that a multitude of grants for some of the sustainability strategies were available.
"We are off to a good start," he said of the discussions to date.
The working party meets monthly.
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