Policy context


Council’s Sustainability Strategy is influenced by a complex and rapidly evolving policy landscape. International agreements are driving national and state policies that flow through to the regional and local level.

Some of the major policy drivers include the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Australia’s commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the Paris Agreement) which establishes the global goal of net zero emissions.

The Australian Government has committed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and has legislated a national emissions reduction target of at least 43% by 2030 (compared to 2005 levels). The Queensland Government also maintains a range of complementary policies on matters including sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, resilience, adaptation, biodiversity and ecosystem restoration, renewable energy, waste management and emissions reduction.

To make the most of emerging opportunities for our Region, this Strategy seeks to align with these national and state policies and targets.