City of Joondalup says oui to Paris trip on climate change

THE City of Joondalup will again be on the world stage when Mayor Troy Pickard heads to Paris to take part in a climate conference.

Councillors at their October 6 meeting gave approval for Mr Pickard to attend the 2015 Paris Climate Conference and ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) global executive committee meeting from December 2 to 14 at a cost of $15,000.

A council document said the conference aimed to “achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate”.

“The conference… allows for local governments and others to demonstrate their commitment to addressing climate change, to showcase local achievements and to publicise ambitious projects to potential investors, other cities and governments,” it said.

Mr Pickard is on the ICLEI global executive committee as the chairman of the BiodiverCities program and a meeting has been scheduled to coincide with the conference.

Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt said following Mr Pickard’s participation at the United Nations sustainable development summit in New York last month, this was “another example of the City taking to the international stage what we’re doing, how serious we are about the environment and promoting our City and what we’re doing”.

Cr Mike Norman said as with the UN summit, there would be no budget implications because two councillors had agreed to contribute their unexpended conference allowance.

Mr Pickard’s attendance to the conference was approved 11-1, with Cr Brian Corr, who has now retired from the council, voting against it.