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Mayor to attend Power Summit

Mayor to attend power summit WAGGA mayor Greg Conkey will represent council at the Cities Power Partnership Summit 2018 in Kiama this October. The trip was approved during Monday night’s council meeting. Council joined the Cities Power Partnership in December 2017 and adopted five pledge actions in June 2018. The summit is designed to inspire,…

Cities Power Partnership celebrates record breaking first year

MORE AUSTRALIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAN ever before are stepping up to tackle climate change, as the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership celebrates a record-breaking first year. The Cities Power Partnership celebrates its first birthday today, after a landmark year that has seen it become the largest local government climate network in the country, with 70…

US Republican renewables leader set to inspire Australia

THE REPUBLICAN MAYOR WHO TRANSFORMED his struggling Californian city into the “solar capital of the universe” has just been confirmed to visit Australia to inspire local councils to join the global renewable energy revolution. Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster will headline the inaugural Cities Power Partnership Summit, Australia’s first national climate change summit focused…

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…

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…

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