Action to be taken on climate change

Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary. Picture: Kristie Lim
Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary. Picture: Kristie Lim

THE City of Bayswater will form an action plan on how to tackle climate change.

Councillors supported Cr Giorgia Johnson’s motion at its June 25 meeting, which requested chief executive Andrew Brien to prepare a position paper and action plan to adopt a corporate renewable energy target of 100 per cent by 2030.

The action plan would also include how a corporate greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 100 per cent by 2040 could be achieved.

Both documents will be considered at the August council meeting.

Mr Brien will prepare another report on the implications and benefits of council’s membership of the National Climate Council’s Cities, Power, Partnership network for the August meeting.

Cr Giorgia Johnson.

Cr Giorgia Johnson said the council needed to act on climate change and mitigate the impact it would have on the area.

Cr Catherine Ehrhardt said it was “disgraceful” that local governments had to step in and fill the “leadership void” of the Federal Government.

Works and infrastructure director Doug Pearson said officers were supportive of taking action but a net reduction of gas emissions was more achievable compared to a 100 per cent reduction.

According to an officer’s report, many of the City’s current and developing strategies and operational processes currently have elements that help mitigate the impacts of climate change such as the urban forest strategy, renewable energy and riverbank projects.

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