Over recent years, Geelong Sustainability has been steadily building its reputation based on the consistent delivery of strong project outcomes and professional events. We have exhibited innovative leadership activating sustainability initiatives and engaging community in the Greater Geelong, Barwon and G21 region.
Our organisation is at an exciting stage in its evolutionary development. In April this year, our application to the Department of the Environment to be listed on the Register of Environmental Organisations was approved. We also received Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status meaning future donations to our public fund will be tax deductible under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Our next step will be to apply to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission to become a registered charity.
The adoption of the One Planet Living framework has extended our scope and we are about to embark upon even more ambitious projects. Hence, the new committee felt that it is timely to review our mission, vision, past achievements and governance systems within the context of developing this three year strategic plan. The Plan received an overwhelmingly positive response from financial members when circulated to them in June 2016. We are now delighted to release our Plan to the public.