The purpose of the Sustainability Strategy is to detail how council will increase existing efforts and implement new actions towards making Ipswich a more sustainable place to live as the city continues to grow. The Sustainability Strategy provides the direction as to how we work to deliver, partner and advocate for effective sustainability outcomes in meeting the city’s challenges.

Council has made a commitment to act on Climate Change by setting a target to reduce operational carbon emissions. Council is also seeking to understand the carbon emissions generated within our city.


Council is using the principles set out in our sustainability policy to guide the strategy. The principles are:

  1. Governance and Leadership
  2. Responsible Decision Making
  3. Leave a Legacy
  4. Sustainable Procurement
  5. Efficient use of resources
  6. Think Global, Act Local

The strategy presents five key sustainability Action Areas. These are:

  1. Sustainable Council
  2. Climate Adaptation
  3. Transport and Mobility
  4. Natural Environment and Healthy Waterways
  5. Circular Economy

The Sustainability Strategy outlines goals, targets and actions council will take (with some already in progress) to deliver sustainability outcomes for the City of Ipswich.

Image: Sustainability Strategy Strategic Framework
Image: Sustainability Strategy Strategic Framework

Ipswich City Council Sustainability Strategy (PDF, 1.3 MB)