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Parkes Mayor talks renewable energy with ACT Government

7.1 minutes Two regional mayors are in Canberra today to talk to the ACT Government about what lessons can be learned on renewable power and battery storage. The Mayors of Parkes and Lismore are meeting with ACT Minister Shane Rattenbury to talk about the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership and how they can work together….

Climate action: Sub-national governments getting the job done

Released 01/03/2018 The ACT’s new partnership with Parkes Shire Council and Lismore City Council will enable all three cities to learn from each other to better tackle climate change, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today. Minister Rattenbury will today meet with Parkes Mayor, Ken Keith OAM, and Lismore Mayor, Isaac Smith…

Council and community farming the sun together

Regional communities are turning to clean energy solutions to combat energy price hikes. Lismore, in northern New South Wales, is no exception, embracing renewable energy and partnered with the Lismore City Council to develop Australia’s largest floating solar farm. Switched on last February, this innovative solar farm floats on the local sewage treatment works, powering part of the…

Councils commit to climate change

TWO Western Sydney councils have joined a national program promising to take local action on climate change. Parramatta and Cumberland are the latest councils to join the Cities Power Partnership, run by the Climate Council, aimed at tackling the challenges of climate change. Cumberland mayor Greg Cummings said “exciting initiatives” were being developed to build…

EARTH FIRST: Powering down for an hour to make a real change

On Saturday evening we are invited to celebrate Earth Hour. Between 8.30pm and 9.30pm we are asked to turn off all our lights for a time when we can think about how climate change is affecting our planet, and what we can do about it as individuals and communities.  This year the theme for Earth…

Newcastle City Council to save with solar

Newcastle City Council has secured a $6.5 million loan from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to help build the region’s biggest solar farm. The 5 MW installation, west of the city at the Summerhill Waste Management Centre, will significantly reduce Council’s annual $4 million electricity bill, after it doubled in the past two years. The…

Climate change isn’t coming, it’s here, says expert

YOU can forget about climate change being a future phenomenon, according to Professor Lesley Hughes.  “It’s a now phenomenon,” she said during her visit to Bathurst on Monday. She says the effects of climate change are already being seen in Australia – from more intense droughts to a longer bushfire season – and those impacts are only…

City looks to clean up at Tidy Town gongs

Kalgoorlie-Boulder was named the State’s tidiest town last year as part of the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards, and this year is looking to earn itself a national title. National Tidy Towns judge Gail Langley recently visited and toured the city with KalgoorlieBoulder Urban Landcare Group chief executive Kim Eckert. Ms Eckert said the tour…

Beach appeal in danger of eroding

A NEW report showing the country’s beaches are copping the brunt of damage from climate change has prompted the Byron Shire Council to take action. The new report, Icons at Risk: Climate Change Threatening Australian Tourism, also warns of threats to Australia’s tourism industry driven by increasing extreme weather events. Beaches are listed in the top five…

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