“We saw the want and the will in the community for council to play an active part in addressing climate change. Becoming a Cities Power Partner further formalises our commitment to this, and provides additional resources in achieving our aims.”
Commissioner Adriana Taylor
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Huon Valley Council has been running an internal energy efficiency program for a few years now, with some major projects on the board. For example, the Port Huon Sports Centre lighting has been converted from metal-halide to LED, and at the Huonville Pool the energy efficiency has been substantially improved by the installation of a reverse cycle water heater. Huon Valley Council have an employee-led carpooling program, and run environmental projects out of the NRM unit.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Addressing global warming is crucial to sustaining a healthy and safe community and environment in the Huon Valley. Huon Valley Council hope to contribute by reducing organisational greenhouse gas emissions through practical and cost-saving measures such as energy efficient fit outs and supporting electric vehicles. Strategic planning will play an important role in promoting active transport. Huon Valley Council also aim to empower and support the community in an uncertain future.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
Huon Valley Council looks forward to networking with other Cities Power Partners, and working cooperatively to achieve outcomes. Gaining knowledge and learnings from other local governments will assist regional/rural municipalities to apply initiatives in the best way possible.