Willoughby City Council’s commitment to a more sustainable community is evident in projects such as The Concourse entertainment precinct.  The complex was designed to minimise its carbon footprint with the most contemporary sustainability principles applied to reduce energy and water consumption, building emissions, and improve air quality.

This sustainability commitment extends to staff, and their ability to gain knowledge and insight into applications in their own areas of operation.  A special grant, awarded to the Council as part of winning the Local Government and Shires Association Environment Award – Local Sustainability Award, allowed staff to apply for financial assistance to examine ways to introduce improvements and innovation in their respective activities, including waste management, early childcare, and management of property and green space.

Staff were assisted to attend study tours and conferences, in Australia and overseas, to meet with peers, visit innovative projects and share ideas.

Four staff feature in short videos explaining what they did, where they went, what they learned and the benefits this will deliver to the Council and its stakeholders.

The videos clearly show how individuals have been inspired by this learning experience, and helps them to communicate Council’s vision and practice to viewers. 

Art of Multimedia produced the videos which will feature on the Council’s You Tube channel, at presentations  and within the Sustainability Education Centre on The Concourse, providing a professional presentation on a limited budget.