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Queensland home to Australia’s hottest solar postcodes

QUEENSLAND HOUSEHOLDS ARE EMBRACING domestic rooftop solar energy at a higher rate than any in the country, with eight of Australia’s top ten “solar postcodes” in the Sunshine State according to the new Clean Energy Australia 2018 report. Of the top solar postcodes listed, Bundaberg, Mackay, Caloundra and Cairns are all regions represented by trailblazing…

ALGA Vice President Damien Ryan joins climate advisory panel

ALGA Vice-President and Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan has been announced as an expert advisor to Australia’s largest local government climate network. The newly-announced Cities Power Partnership expert advisory panel will provide specialist guidance to the climate network, which currently has 70 member councils who together represent more than 8 million Australians. The advisory panel…

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…

Tackling climate change in the locale

The cities of Armadale and Gosnells and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale have joined a national force dedicated to tackling climate change. The three local governments joined 67 others from across the country which have become members of the national Cities Power Partnership representing more than 7.5 million residents living within them. The Partnership was…

Strong action on climate change

CENTRAL Coast Council has voted to take strong action on climate change. The council will investigate joining the Cities Power Partnership (CPP) and develop a climate change policy including mitigation and adaptations measures. Mayor Jane Smith said climate change is real and action needed to be taken to mitigate its effect on the region’s water…

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…

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