Environment

Environment

Alice Springs Town Council plays a key role in encouraging the community to think about its environment, natural resources and preservation and enhancement of a landscape which attracts visitors from around the world.

There are 85 parks and open spaces in the municipality under strategic open space management.

Aesthetics and cleanliness are important to the town, and Council has a strong focus on ensuring effective litter management as well as an emphasis on greening the environment.

There is ongoing work to improve water efficiency, working on a safe and reliable water drainage system; running the WaterSmart program; harnessing renewable energy sources such as the Solar Cities program, and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

Council’s Regional Waste Management Facility focuses on sorting waste rather than dumping it.

This leads to more recycling which will extend the life of the landfill.

Alice Springs is recognised as a Desert Smart Town – a town aiming for sustainably in the arid zone of Australia.

 

Environment Advisory Committee (EAC)

Council’s EAC includes representatives of Elected Members/Councillors, Council Officers, Northern Territory Government departments, local business and members of general community. 

The purpose and function of the Committee is to advise and make formal representation to Council (through its Technical Services Committee) in matters relating to the sustainable management and protection of the natural and built environment in the municipality of Alice Springs.

Drawing upon the collective expertise of its members, the Committee is to take into consideration:

  • issues that relate to waste management and recycling, including viewing waste as a resource
  • supporting energy efficiency and energy reduction initiatives and technology
  • contributing to the improved water usage measures of the town
  • ensuring that the natural environment within the municipality is protected and rehabilitated
  • providing support to develop Alice Springs as an environmentally sustainable town
  • fostering environmental awareness through marketing and education programs
  • issues relating to safe and reliable water drainage

together with such other related matters that may be referred to it by Council.

Members of the public can attend the EAC meetings, which are held on the first Monday of every second month (February, April, June, August, October, December).

Minutes from the EAC can be found under the Council Committe Meetings section of the Council website.

For any enquiries regarding the Environment Advisory Committee, please contact Council’s Environment Officer on 8950 0594 or email hmichener@astc.nt.gov.au