Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

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As Australia’s fastest-growing local government we recognise the challenge of balancing the needs of a growing population with preserving our environmental values. The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is meeting this challenge head on through measures such as the Cities Power Partnership that address the global issue of climate change at a local level.

President Clr Michelle RIch

The Shire is pleased to join the Cities Power Partnership, which acknowledges our ongoing commitment to addressing climate change. As a co-founder of the award-winning Switch your Thinking program, the Shire has been working with neighbouring Councils to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions and inspire community resource conservation. It is our firm belief that global change begins with local action and we look forward to working with other member councils across Australia to reduce our collective carbon footprint.

Our achievements –

The Shire is committed to helping our residents live sustainably, and has joined forces with neighbouring local governments tackle regional greenhouse gas emissions.

Through the innovative Switch your Thinking program, we assist local businesses seeking to reduce their environmental impact, trail innovative technology, and provide the community with information and advice to reduce residential energy consumption.

We are proud to have gained national recognition for our efforts, including winning the National Energy Efficiency Award for Best Residential Project.

Our future –

We look forward to launching the Cities Power Partnership, and continuing to work with neighbouring councils and the Federal Government to grow the Switch your Thinking program. Through this and other programs, we aim to equip our residents with the information needed to think and act sustainably.

More broadly, we are committed to meeting the needs of a growing population while always keeping sight of our environmental values. The Shire is located in a very special part of the world and our residents enjoy a close connection with nature – something we are determined to preserve.

Our hopes –

The Shire is keen to build on our success by partnering with other progressive councils and industry experts to share knowledge, ideas and insight that will ultimately maximise the Cities Power Partnership’s collective impact.

 

 

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Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Action Pledge Coming Soon!

In the meantime, check out some pledges that councils can choose from:

Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers). Set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.

Ensure that new developments are designed to maximize public and active transport use, and are designed to support electric vehicle uptake.

Support community energy projects (with location and planning support) so that residents (such as renters) can band together and invest in community renewable energy projects.

Encourage local businesses and residents to take up solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating. This can be done through providing incentives (such as solar bulk buy schemes or flexible payment options) or streamlining approvals processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV).

Implement an education and behavior change program to influence the behavior of council officers, local residents and businesses within the municipality to drive the shift to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

Set up meetings and attend events, such as the Community Energy Congress or Cities Power Partnership Summit, where like-minded cities can address common concerns and learn from others’ experience.

Provide council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy, such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body (such as the Moreland and Yarra Energy Foundations).

Facilitate large energy users collectively tendering and purchasing renewable energy at a low cost.

Encourage sustainable transport use (public transport, walking and cycling) through Council transport planning and design. Substantial savings in transport energy use can be achieved by designing more compact cities with access to high quality public and active transport services and facilities.

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

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