Sustainability is about finding the right balance between environmental protection, economic development and social equity. It begins with an understanding that it is the environment that ultimately supports society and the economy for without a healthy environment, food and water supply is jeopardised, quality of life declines, tourism and associated business suffer and the shire no longer becomes a place where people want to live, work and visit.
At its core, sustainability is based upon:
Tweed Shire Council’s integrated planning and reporting framework which includes the Community Strategic Plan is Council’s overarching delivery mechanism for progression towards a sustainable future. The 2011/2021 Tweed Community Strategic Plan is built around four themes:
Civic Leadership: To set the overall direction and long-term goals for the Tweed in accordance with community aspirations.
Supporting Community Life: To create a place where people are healthy, safe, connected and in harmony with the natural environment to retain and improve the quality of community life.
Strengthening the Economy: To strengthen and diversify the region’s economic base in a way that complements the environmental and social values of the Tweed.
Caring for the Environment: For Council and the community to value, respect and actively participate in the care and management of our natural environment for current and future generations.
Specific actions within the Community Strategic Plan are prioritised within the Tweed Shire Council’s four year delivery plan and one year operational plan and are monitored through quarterly and annual reporting processes.