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CLIMATE Council chief Tim Flannery has congratulated the City of Port Phillip for its commitment to action on climate change and energy action. Port Phillip councillors voted this month to join more than 30 councils across Australia to commit to the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership being launched on July 19.
Professor Flannery said the councils committing to the partnership represented more than three million Australians. “Each council has joined forces under the Cities Power Partnership, ready to get on with the job of tackling climate change,” Prof Flannery said.
Participating councils pledge five actions to address climate change. Port Phillip Council’s pledge includes: installing renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings; buying greenpower from electricity retailers; encouraging businesses and residents to use solar energy, and setting sustainable energy goals which can be taken up by the community and private sector.
The commitments are in line with sustainability priorities listed in Port Phillip’s 2017-27 Council Plan. Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss said the council was proud of achievements so far, which included the installation of a 172 k/W solar system on the St Kilda Town Hall, but was striving to do more to be known by 2027 as a city that is adapting and resilient to climate change.
“Much of our city is only 1m-3m above sea level,” Cr Voss said. “And as a bayside council, our coastal areas are exposed to the impacts of climate change, especially flooding and erosion.”