Armidale Regional Council has developed its “green print” strategy for environmental sustainability. Entitled EcoARC, the strategy guides Council’s own operations and aims to assist groups in the community to improve sustainability in the Armidale region. 

EcoARC is a document prepared as part of Council’s commitment to the 2017-2027 Community Strategic Plan. Protecting the environment, reducing pollution and waste and encouraging climate friendly lifestyles were priorities identified by the community in the Community Strategic Plan 2017 – 2027. The development and implementation of EcoARC is central to ensuring the community and Council’s environmental priorities will inform the four yearly Delivery Plan and annual Operational planning process. It also highlights opportunities to work with community groups and other organisations to instigate projects or partner in initiatives with common objectives. 

EcoARC was developed by Council staff and community representatives and includes nine topics, Global ,Air, Biodiversity, Future, Living, Resilient, Transport, Waste and Water. EcoARC was placed on public exhibition in April 2019 and was adopted by Council on 11 December 2019.

The document’s scope and objectives are broad, because the means of achieving its goals are likely to grow and change over time.  As well as environmental conditions, community expectations and interests and opportunities such as partnerships with government programs are also likely to evolve over the lifespan of EcoARC.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals was adopted by the United Nations in 2015. These Goals integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development, the social, economic and environmental. To recognise this ongoing global commitment within our community, EcoARC aligns the UN Goals with council’s EcoARC.

EcoARC Strategy (PDF 8.1MB)