Councils are stuck at how to measure and assess sustainability, which is why clear examples of what is achievable are important, writes Professor Michael Paddon, Stefanie Pillora and Jade Herriman.
It is almost 20 years since the adoption of Local Agenda 21 at the Rio Earth summit, which many people identify as the international impetus for local government taking sustainability seriously.
We have seen over that period that many, if not all, local councils in Australia have identified sustainability as a key focus in strategic or management planning for future visions.
In that sense, sustainability is on everyone’s agenda in local government.
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