"a developing community which
is environmentally, socially,
economically and culturally
attuned and fulfilling"

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ENVIRONMENT (built/structural and natural)

Seymour is defined by it's relationship with the Goulburn River, which curves around the town itself. Tributaries which have ongoing impact on the river health are Whiteheads Creek, Sunday Creekand South Creek. While these tributaries are often partially degraded, they are areas of native vegetation that are very valuable both as a habitat and as filters to maintain water quality. Water quality from the Goulburn is remarkably good and Seymour is less likely than other inland communities to face water shortages.

Seymour sits in a beautiful location on the inland slopes of the Great Diving Range. Vegetation consists of box-ironbark plant communities, sometimes called "goldfield vegetation type. Along the rivers and creeks there are fertile grassy plains, lagoons and red gums. Silver wattles line the river, giving a great show of colour in spring. Goulburn and New Crossing Place Lion's Park provide access to redgum woodland that would have been widespread in the early days of town settlement.

Many birds and animals share our environment with us and most Seymour residents would have no trouble treating visitors to the sight of grey kangaroos, koalas or wombats and possums. Other less common animals are sugar gliders, tuans or brush-tailed phascogales, echidnas and yellow-footed antechinus. Once common animals such as bandicoots or goannas are rarely seen now. This is largely due to clearing of their habitat. Other impacts are foxes and feral cats. Seymour is blessed with a wide range of bird species that find refuge in the areas of native vegetation and it varies from small woodland birds such as wrens, robins and honeyeaters to larger birds such as parrots and falcons. Water birds such as black duck, wood duck, pelicans and swans are to be seen all around. Ibis perform essential tasks eating huge numbers of grubs from the farm soils.

The skyline of Seymour is graced with lovely trees and residents can easily access the great variety of open space and parkland which encircles the township. The river can be accessed on foot along the walkingtrail, or by boat for fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Our stewardship of the natural environment around will ensure that Seymour develops in a way that all can enjoy a health environment for generations.

GOAL     Beautiful Seymour streetscapes through a whole-of-Seymour approach
Partners Actions Target Milestone
  • Seymour residents
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • The Seymour we Want
  • Local Businesses
  • Landcare groups

Employ landscape planners to work in consultation with the community to design a Seymour-wide plan (amentities, hard rubbish and recycling, and landscapes included)

Process agreement between Mitchell Shire Council and The Seymour We Want by August 2006

Consultation with the community to form a plan and reply by October 2006

Implementation: ongoing and starting after October 2006

Public planning document for all of Seymour

60 per ecnt attendance/feedback from Seymour residents

Ticking off milestones in plan itself on time, and within budget

Train existing shire landscaping staff/

 

Uptake of community comments by shire planners

Support rural landcare to branch into urban landcare

 

Annual working bees well attended

2010 Update

 

GOAL     Environmentally sound community improvement
Partners Actions Target Milestone
  • Seymour residents
  • Landcare groups
  • Environment Victoria
  • Greening Australia
  • Community Trust for Nature
  • The Seymour we Want
  • Landcare groups

Exploration of option for existing groups to do environmental monitoring;

training and support of a new environmental monitoring group if necessary

January 2006 onwards

Audit of environmental groups and memorandum of understanding between them

2010 Update

 

GOAL     Local body environmental legislation and bylaws are monitored and implemented
Partners Actions Target Milestone
  • Seymour residents
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • The Seymour We Want

Establish procedure in dealing with issues recieved and issues reported, eg; storm water at industrial estate

 

100 per ecnt reporting rate to Mitchell Shire Council and other relevant authorities from residents

Determine if above mentioned monitoring group is willing to implement

 

100 per cent resolution rate from Mitchell Shire Council and other authorities

Keep the town tidy through neat vacant lots and nature strips, anti-littering campaigns, doggy poo bins, tidy memorials, supermarket trolley blitzes etc

 

Annual increase of 10 per cent of usage for recycling, Clean up Australia days, tree plantings, etc.

Continually promote and support the Tidiest Town Keep Australia Beautiful 365-day-a-year program

 

Tidiest Town in Victoria in 2001; tidiest twon at least three in every 10 years

2010 Update

 

GOAL     Support, reward and promote environmental responsibility across the board in Seymour
Partners Actions Target Milestone
  • Seymour residents
  • Seymour schools
  • GO TAFE
  • Social service agencies
  • Community and Sports groups
  • Individual households
  • Local businesses (retail, manufacturing, construction and development)

Develop and audit mechanism for environment and social footprint of organisation in a positive mode

Research done by end of 2005; development of audit useful for Seymour by end of 2005

Comprehensive document published; integrated use of audit across the board

Host an annual local awards ceremony with rewards in each category

Implementation by 2005

 

Lobby for sufficient and accessible recycling opportunities and hard rubbish collection

 

Recycling use increased by 10 per cent each year; recycling facilities upgraded

2010 Update

 

GOAL     Celebrate and preserve the history of Seymour
Partners Actions Target Milestone
  • Seymour residents
  • The Seymour We Want
  • Goulburn River Bridge Group
  • Light Horse Park Committee
  • Seymour and District Historical Society

Support the restoration of the old Goulburn River Bridge and the enhancement of other aspects, eg; extend walking track

Immediate and ongoing

Fundraising for at least 50 per cent of money needed to restore the Old Goulburn River Bridge

Support to groups through individual membership and letters of support

 

Increased membership of Seymour and District Historical Society

2010 Update

 

GOAL     Promote our unique parks system in and around Seymour and ensure its integrity stays intact
Partners Actions Target Milestone
  • Seymour residents
  • The Seymour We Want
  • Mitchell Shire Council environment and recreation departments
  • Light Horse Park Committee
  • Seymour Bushland Park Committee
  • King's Park Committee of Management
  • Department of Sustainability and Environment
  • Community User groups

Develop a comprehensive marketing strategy in conjnction with other regional tourist gtroups

Immediate and ongoing

Detailed brochures on use of parks and recreation facilities

Support links between the various parks that ring our town

 

Walkways between parks and recreational areas

Promote use of native species in all green projects in the town and surrounds

 

Annual tree plantings (at least two) in and out of the town

Retain the clean and chemical hazard-free image of Seymour

 

No toxic waste dumps in the area

Develop and promote park use by publication of individual brochure for each park.

 

Increase in visitors to parks and recreational facilities of 10 per cent a year

2010 Update

 

GOAL     A town that recognises the importance of its environment, for the sake of its children and future
              generations
Partners Actions Target Milestone
  • Seymour residents
  • The Seymour We Want
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Interest groups
  • Landcare groups

Facilitate public discussion forums

Ongoing

One public forum on environmental issues annually

Ongoing and open dialogue between differing points of view about the environmental issues

   

Spread information about all environmental issues

 

At least one media release about environmental issues per month

2010 Update

 

GOAL     A town that acknowledges that serious environmental challenges are faced on a local and national
              level, within a global context
Partners Actions Target Milestone
  • The Seymour we Want
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Community Groups
  • Seymour residents
  • Department of Sustainability and Environment
  • Seymour Neighbourhood Renewal Area

Promote the increased use of public transport, energy-efficient housing and subdivision design, and renewable energy

Ongoing

At Least one “leave your car at home” day per year

5 per cent growth per year in walking groups

Retain native vegetation in accordance with state guidelines

   
2010 Update


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