Coun­cils lead­ing the push to ad­dress cli­mate change

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

THE Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta has joined forces with other coun­cils across Aus­tralia as part of the Cities Power Part­ner­ship to slash green­house gas pol­lu­tion and tackle wors­en­ing cli­mate change.

The Cli­mate Coun­cil’s Cities Power Part­ner­ship pro­gram is Aus­tralia’s largest lo­cal govern­ment cli­mate net­work, with more than 100 coun­cils rep­re­sent­ing al­most 11 mil­lion Aus­tralians work­ing to­gether to find lo­cal cli­mate so­lu­tions.

Mayor Ken Clarke said join­ing the Cities Power Part­ner­ship was an im­por­tant step for­ward to find­ing lo­cal cli­mate so­lu­tions.

“The Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta has taken the pledge to tackle cli­mate change in our own back­yards as part of the Cities Power Part­ner­ship,” he said.

“Across Aus­tralia, shire, towns and cities, through lo­cal gov­ern­ments, are cut­ting green­house gas pol­lu­tion, switch­ing to clean en­ergy and build­ing re­silient com­mu­ni­ties - and we’re proud to be play­ing an im­por­tant part in this mis­sion.”

Coun­cils tak­ing part in the Cities Power Part­ner­ship pledge five ac­tions to tackle cli­mate change lo­cally, from ramp­ing up re­new­able en­ergy through to plan­ning sus­tain­able trans­port sys­tems.

These ac­tions in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of re­new­able en­ergy on coun­cil build­ings, en­sur­ing fleet pur­chases will sup­port the up­take of elec­tric ve­hi­cles and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an ed­u­ca­tion and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a be­hav­iour change pro­gram to en­cour­age com­mu­nity mem­bers to drive the shift to re­new­able en­ergy.

Busi­nesses and res­i­dents will be en­cour­aged to use so­lar en­ergy and cy­cle lanes will be added in road de­signs to sup­port sus­tain­able trans­port as part of pledge ac­tions.

Wan­garatta will be among more than 200 coun­cils across the coun­try lead­ing the way in sus­tain­able en­ergy.

Cli­mate coun­cil­lor and in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned cli­mate ex­pert Pro­fes­sor Tim Flan­nery wel­comed the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta to the part­ner­ship and com­mended the coun­cil for tak­ing pos­i­tive ac­tion on cli­mate change.

“I would like to con­grat­u­late the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta and Cr Clarke on join­ing the cli­mate change trail­blaz­ers in the Cities Power Part­ner­ship, who are shap­ing the way that Aus­tralian com­mu­ni­ties use and gen­er­ate en­ergy,” he said.

“There are some great clean en­ergy and trans­port projects com­ing out of Aus­tralia’s lo­cal gov­ern­ments and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta will bring to the Cities Power Part­ner­ship.”

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