Sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Australia's cities and towns of the future must successfully integrate the needs of people, the built and natural environment. Environmentally sustainable development means we can enjoy a high quality of life while we retain and enhance our biodiversity, have a developed infrastructure that gives efficient and equitable access to services and utilities, preserve the essentials of the ‘Australian lifestyle’ and contribute to the economic wealth of the nation.

We have developed some resources to help you increase your sustainability:

Additionally, NCC currently runs a variety of different sustainability behavioural change programs.  For more information about these programs, see the information below, or call Kate Hopkins at the Nature Conservation Council, (02) 9516 1488, email  We can also deliver these programs in your region. If you are interested, please contact us for an information pack.

The Food Waste Challenge

An exciting, innovative and unique education program, developed by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW in partnership with the Love Food Hate Waste program, which provides you with the skills to reduce your household's food waste- saving your wallet and helping the environment.  There are many councils and regions taking the Food Waste Challenge right now.  Later this year we will be running a targeted program aimed towards families and very young children.

The Green Renter's Challenge

Think you need to be a property owner to make sustainable changes in your home? Think again.  Renters can do many things to substantially increase the efficiency of their living situation and save money in the process!

The Foodprint Challenge

An educational workshop series and community education program, bringing participants tools to reduce theri ecological FOODprint.

100% Ready

A roadshow (funded by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency) was delivered through regional NSW from January to July 2012, to encourage communities to uptake renewable energy technologies.  A vast majority of Australians support a move to 100% clean energy, but a lot also think we’re not ready yet. The project brought real stories from the clean energy frontline to over twelve regional centres, to prove Australia is 100% ready to start making the switch.  NCC is currently looking at expanding the program further by working on community energy projects closely with a couple of regional centres.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us at the details above.

The Climate Challenge

The Climate Challenge is a tried and tested environmental education model, enthusiastically received by each of the twelve communities that it has been delivered in to date.  The program delivers positive environmental outcomes and builds community strategies for a low carbon lifestyle.

Sustainable Population Conference, 2012

The Sustainable Population Working Group of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) was established to advance the ‘Ecologically Sustainable Population and Nature’ Policy passed unanimously by the 2011 NCC Annual Conference.

In 2012 our focus was a seminar where we sought to get real dialogue on a difficult issue.

This was the first such event NCC had ever held. It was run on the basis of ground rules of ‘mutual respect’ and ‘true listening’, and by and large that was successful.

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NSW Sustainable Renting Guide

NSW Sustainable Renting Guide_150px_0.jpg"I can't do that - I rent"

If only we had a dollar for every time we heard that statement.

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We did it! Australia puts a price on carbon pollution

Today (08/11) the Clean Energy Future carbon price legislation has passed into law after a majority 'yes' vote in the Senate. This is a great step forward in tackling climate change.

It's not just the price on pollution that makes this a big win, it’s the $10 billion in funding to get renewable energy projects off the ground, the $1 billion for a biodiversity fund and the commitment to close 2000MW of coal-fired electricity generation, that’s up to 3 of our dirtiest power stations, that makes this legislation something special.

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Regional groups set course for stronger environmental advocacy

Local community environment groups gathered at the Nature Conservation Council Regional Conference in Batemans Bay on the weekend (Sat 7 and Sun 8 May) to discuss current challenges and opportunities for the environment, including marine protection, forestry issues and the state’s planning laws.

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Conservation groups release Liveable Western Sydney Policy

Environmental groups today launched a Liveable Western Sydney Policy to protect the environmental health of Sydney residents. The policy aims to curb sprawl, reduce air pollution and protect green spaces.

“Sydney’s environment is at the crossroads. Hundreds of thousands of people are exposed to unhealthy air; sprawl will worsen traffic congestion and eat up green spaces and bushland; and rising dirty energy costs. It’s not the sort of future anyone wants,” said Jeff Angel, Director of Total Environment Centre.

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Protect Cranebrook

CranebrookThe former air services site in Cranebrook is under threat from a huge housing development that will see an estimated 1800 residents in 610-740 dwellings.  The site is an important wildlife corridor linking the former ADI site in St Marys to the Blue Mountains.

The site has immense conservation value and should not be developed in any way. The site should be returned to public ownership. The land should be acquired by the NSW Government and put into the management of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service so that conservation and passive recreation outcomes can be achieved for the community.

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Protecting the Wolli Creek Regional Park

The lands for the 50 hectare Wolli Creek Regional Park are in the process of being acquired by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, but acquisition is still incomplete, nine years since the State Government announced its establishment in conjunction with the routing of the M5East into a tunnel to avoid the destruction of the Wolli Valley’s bushland.

To find out more about the action you can take to support opposition to the proposal on the recent industrial development proposal and the concerns of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society,  go to

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New law to harm threatened species

Bell frogsA new Bill has been penned that will have major consequences on our threatened species.

Under it many developments will no longer need to complete a Species Impact Statement to receive approval.

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State Government Planning Reforms

Planning reforms NCC is enormously concerned about the NSW Government’s latest planning reforms which we believe will result in a further reduction in community participation and environmental protection. We are encouraging the public to provide submissions on this issue to the State Government.

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Catherine Hill Bay - Wallarah Peninsula Developments

Take actionSubmissions are now open for three separate developments on the biodiversity-rich Wallarah Peninsula near Lake Macquarie. A proposal for up to 300 new dwellings is proposed for the northern section of Catherine Hill Bay.

Two other proposals are also on exhibition regarding residential developments at nearby Nords Wharf and Gwandalan and we strongly encourage submissions to oppose these developments.


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