e.restore is a program set up to improve our environment, made possible by an environmental levy. It is responsible for a broad range of new projects as well as maintaining previous works.
An environmental levy was first introduced in July 2000 to address the issue of our local natural environment being degraded and needing restoration. Strong community support saw the program extended for a second term from 2003 until 2008.
From July 2008 a new Sustainability Levy replaced the Environmental Levy to fund the third round of the e.restore program. e.restore 3 continued the existing local environmental works that have been underway since 2000, while introducing a new focus on responding to climate change.
In 2018, council undertook extensive community engagement to develop its 10 year Community Strategic Plan, Our Future Willoughby 2028. This plan identified as one of its five strategic outcomes that the community wanted a city that is green.
In order to develop a shared vision of what a green Willoughby City could look like, further community consultation was undertaken in order to develop the Our Green City Plan 2028.
The Our Green City Plan 2028 reflects the priorities identified by the community in order to achieve a green city as follows:
- Reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions
- Promote sustainable lifestyles and practices
- Enhance, protect and respect waterways, bushland, nature, wildlife and ecological systems
- Reduce energy, water and resource waste and encourage reuse and recycling
These projects reflect Council's ongoing commitment to taking immediate action to mitigate Climate Change and continuing to restore and preserve our local natural environment.
The Sustainability Levy (e.restore) is subject to rigorous auditing by the Department of Local Government and open reporting to ensure accountability to the community. The Sustainability Levy funds can only be spent on sustainability projects.