Livingstone Shire Council has joined forces with other councils across Australia to slash greenhouse gas pollution and tackle worsening climate change, as the latest council to join the Cities Power Partnership.
The Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership program is Australia’s largest local government climate network, with over 100 councils representing almost 11 million Australians working together to find local climate solutions.
Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said that joining the Cities Power Partnership was an important step forward to finding local climate solutions.
“Livingstone Shire Council has taken the pledge to tackle climate change in our own backyards as part of the Cities Power Partnership,” Cr Hutton 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.
Some of the innovative projects councils are taking part in include transitioning council fleets to electric vehicles, installing renewable energy on the council facilities that residents use daily, and even developing Australia’s largest floating solar farm.
Climate Councillor and internationally renowned climate expert Professor Tim Flannery welcomed Livingstone Shire Council to the partnership and commended the council for taking positive action on climate change.
“I would like to congratulate Livingstone Shire Council 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 Livingstone Shire Council will bring to the Cities Power Partnership.”