City joins councils taking climate action

Published on Thursday 8 February, 2018

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The City of Gosnells has vowed to tackle climate change in its own backyard, joining Australia’s largest network of local councils taking climate action.

The City is the newest member of the growing Cities Power Partnership, a network of 70 local governments transforming Australia’s energy future, representing over 7.5 million people.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said the Climate Council initiative supported local governments to take practical steps to bring on clean energy technology, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and other climate solutions to the local community.

“Across Australia, towns and cities are surging ahead with greenhouse gas reduction plans, switching to cleaner energy, building greener, efficient and more resilient communities. It’s great that the City of Gosnells is playing an important part in this mission,” he said.

Mayor Dewhurst added that joining the Cities Power Partnership reinforced the City’s ongoing corporate and community commitment to addressing climate change.

“At a corporate level, we have built Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star rated public facility at Mills Park, which was a progression from our 5 Star Green Star Civic Centre. There is still much work to be done, and we look forward to it,” he said.
“As a co-founder of the Switch your thinking program in 2002, which now has 16 member local governments in Perth, the City has also provided the community with innovative opportunities to take part in achieving a safe climate future.”

Through the Switch your thinking program, the City has committed to helping residents live sustainably with discounts on products such as solar panels, battery storage and rainwater tanks.

There are also free SMS tips during peak load times, a project which earned the City a 2017 National Energy Efficiency Award for Best Residential Project.

Climate Council Councillor and international climate scientist Professor Will Steffen said that local governments were emerging as the frontline for tackling climate change in Australia.

“We are pleased to welcome the City of Gosnells to the Cities Power Partnership, and congratulate the council on rolling up its sleeves to tackle climate change.

“Councils have an opportunity to play a crucial role in reducing Australia’s rising greenhouse gas pollution levels. Transforming the way cities and towns use energy could make up to 70 per cent of the greenhouse gas emission reductions needed to limit worsening climate change.

“From floating solar farms to solar bulk buys helping the community combat rising power bills, today’s councils are renewable energy powerhouses.”

For details about sustainability initiatives in the City of Gosnells, please visit www.switchyourthinking.com.