Our commitment to sustainable growth

We’re developing a variety of strategies to ensure Mount Barker’s future growth is sustainable, preserving and strengthening the environment that makes our region so special.

We’re working on an Environment Strategy to guide us over the next five years. The Strategy is our map to becoming a sustainable district, one that is low-carbon and resilient, biodiverse, liveable, water wise and resource efficient.

Our Rural DPA promises new opportunities that support and enhance our rich cultural landscape, through opening up the possibility of more on-farm activities, including processing, farm-gate sales, tourist accommodation and farm experiences. Small scale and home-based industries centred on farming, heritage and arts and crafts can expand the scope of our rural sector while preserving its essence.

The food, wine and tourism regions including and surrounding Mount Barker are already world-renowned, and a bid to have the Mount Lofty Ranges recognised by UNESCO as an area of global significance would enhance that reputation significantly.

A 120-megalitre reclaimed water storage dam meets around one-fifth of the district’s demand for recycled water, and we’re seeking new ways to capture and harvest stormwater, bringing economic and environmental benefits.

Our environmental aims include:

  • 100% wastewater reuse
  • reduce greenhouse emissions to 20% below 2011 levels by 2023
  • improve household water efficiency by 10% and increase application of water-sensitive urban design (WSUD)
  • reduce waste by 10%
  • improve our region’s waste diversion rate
  • increase Council’s renewable energy sources and improve energy efficiency
  • improve transport options, including walking, cycling, and public transport
  • establish and maintain endemic vegetation and wildlife corridors

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