Council’s first Climate Change Action Plan drafted for public exhibition

Council’s first Climate Change Action Plan drafted for public exhibition

Released: 13 April 2017

Macedon Ranges Shire Council has drafted its first Climate Change Action Plan and is seeking community feedback from Tuesday 18 April.   

The draft plan outlines how Council will reduce greenhouse emissions from its operations by 25 per cent by mid-2021, thereby meeting the target adopted in June 2016.

In recent years, Council has invested in several works to reduce greenhouse emissions, including the installation of pool covers at its aquatic centres to reduce the need for heating water, the installation of solar panels at the Gisborne Administration Centre, and converting residential streetlights to energy efficient LEDs. Details about further works are presented in the draft plan, which together will reduce greenhouse emissions by 1,910 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).   

The draft Climate Change Action Plan also outlines how Council will support community efforts to address climate change, and promotes a shared Council-community vision—consistent with the Victorian Government’s target for a zero net emissions Victoria by 2050.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council Mayor, Cr Jennifer Anderson said that nearly everything we do affects climate change.

“This draft plan is a step in the right direction to reduce the impacts of climate change and protect our environment. It’s also closely aligned with our vision and the work we are already doing as part of the development of our Council Plan and Budget.

“Everyone has a role to play in addressing climate change and this plan will help us to do our part, while also supporting our local communities to work towards the government’s longer term state-wide target,” she said.

Have your say 

Comments are invited via an online survey or send a written submission to mrsc@mrsc.vic.gov.au or PO Box 151, Kyneton, 3444 (marked attention: Climate Change Action Plan). 

Download a copy of the draft plan (PDF, 5MB) / draft plan (DOCX, 10MB) and summary fact sheet (DOCX, 243KB) / summary fact sheet (PDF, 659KB) or view copies in person at any of Council’s offices in Gisborne, Kyneton, Romsey and Woodend.

Submissions close on Tuesday 9 May 2017.

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