VINCENT households are being encouraged to install solar panels in the city’s new Sustainable Environment Strategy.
The five-year strategy, unanimously approved by councillors at the July 23 council meeting, focusses on minimising the city’s impact on the environment.
Householders will be encouraged to install solar panels or batteries in order to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
The city will work to reduce dependency on petrol or diesel engines, and support the community to use hybrid and electric vehicles.
The use of public transport will be encouraged and cycle pathways will be improved, leading to greater road safety and sustainability. Residents will be encouraged to learn about the local water cycle, and to reduce the use of ground water in favour of recycled sources.
There will also be a focus on increased water capture, including the implementation of water sensitive urban design on public and private land.
Cr Dan Loden said, “we got quite a lot of feedback from the community on strategy, which was great to see…I felt we put some pretty strong and clear targets into what we were doing, and the community agreed or said that we weren’t going far enough, in the majority”.