Coast streets set to turn green
  • Saturday 06 December 2008

Making the Sunshine Coast more sustainable on a street-by-street basis is about to get much easier thanks to a new council supported community website being launched this weekend.

The website www.greensunshine.com.au, provides advice on sustainable streets and sustainable business programs, and is the result of funding supplied from the Sunshine Coast Council to Green Sunshine.

Green Sunshine, a community group based in Noosa, will launch the new site during the Sunshine Coast’s ‘Walk Against Warming’ climate change event at the Skate Park at Alexandra Headland, 10am tomorrow morning.

Council contributed funding for the website as a result of the Sustainability Dialogue Group, which came out of this year’s World Environment Day forums.

The website will promote council owned and supported regional programs such as Living Smart and Eco Biz.

It also provides an avenue for the community to discuss sustainability ideas and issues, by creating an online dialogue and information resource for the entire region.

The Sustainability Dialogue Group, which attracted people from all areas of the community, business and industry, was facilitated by Councillor Keryn Jones and council staff.

The group has been meeting since World Environment Day in June this year to discuss ways for the Coast to become more sustainable, and the launch of the Green Sunshine website is a direct outcome of that, according to Cr Jones, who is also the council’s Environment Portfolio holder.

“The Green Sunshine group was already in existence and it made sense to build on the work they were doing in the community,” Cr Jones said.

“They have been active in promoting Council’s Living Smart program, which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions within households and also the business arm, Eco-Biz.”

“By assisting them in developing the website further we are able to deliver a communication and information resource for the community, both of which were identified outcomes of the dialogue group.

The website will also help promote a range of events and activities that are focussed on improving sustainability on the Sunshine Coast and bringing people together.

“Instead of creating a new stand alone resource, we were able to build on Green Sunshine’s current work and the funding allowed for it to expand to include a blog, forum and a place for people to post information about projects and activities in the region,” Cr Jones said.

Visit the Green Sunshine website at www.greensunshine.com.au