The Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy (HCCREMS) is a program of the Councils of the region – Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens, MidCoast, Cessnock, Maitland, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Dungog and Upper Hunter. The program is delivered by the Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils, Environment Division.
Established in 1996, the program is managed by a dedicated regional team of environmental professionals in partnership with member councils, as well as state and federal agencies, NGOs and community networks and associations.
Initiatives undertaken are identified through a 3-year strategic planning process with the Directors of Environment and Planning. The current focus areas include:
The HCCREMS Strategy seeks to:
Facilitate regional cooperation on the development and delivery of a range of environmental management and protection projects targeting natural resource management,
biodiversity conservation, waste and an recycling, urban sustainability, environmental compliance, climate change and community education
Promote Ecologically sustainable development and assist councils to be leaders in their communities on ESD matters.
Coordinate and promote cost effective and sustainable environmental management practices and solutions, through regional cooperation in research, capacity building, planning and information exchange between the member councils.
Attract funding and resources to the region to design and deliver innovation and best practice in environmental management policies, practices and programs.