Ecologically Sustainable Development

The Local Government Act 1993 states ecologically sustainable development requires the effective integration of economic and environmental considerations in decision-making processes. The Integrated Planning and Reporting framework also requires councils to address social, environmental, economic and civic leadership issues in an integrated way. 

A number of principles underpin ecologically sustainable development and can be used to guide our decision making and actions. They include:

  • The precautionary principle.
  • Intergenerational equity.
  • Biodiversity and ecological diversity.
  • Improved economic valuation including environmental factors.

References to sustainability within this section of the Local Government NSW website should be interpreted as referring to ecologically sustainable development.

Local Government NSW helps NSW councils by providing:

Many of the resources available on this website are based on the experiences and knowledge gained through council projects assisted by the former Urban Sustainability Support Alliance (USSA).

This project has been assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust and is coordinated by Local Government NSW.

NSW Environmental Trust