We would like to congratulate Shoalhaven City Council for joining the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership with other like-minded LGAs including Kiama, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley.
This initiative responds to widespread community concern about the impact of climate change on the health and wellbeing of the community and the destruction of our local environment. As part of this initiative, council has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations and to help influence community attitudes in favour of sustainable, low carbon behaviour.
The council obviously needs to fix our roads and bridges, and the effects of social disadvantage in the Shoalhaven. However, it must, as a significant priority, address the threats of climate change that will adversely impact current and future generations through higher temperatures, more heat waves, more frequent and intense storms, drier conditions, coastal erosion, flooding and environmental damage.
The newly established Shoalhaven City Council Sustainable Futures Committee, has proposed measures to address social, infrastructure and sustainability issues in the Shoalhaven. As well as this, strategies that address inequity, inclusion, and resilience are integral to addressing climate change. We are very concerned about how older, disabled and economically disadvantaged people will be able to cope with more frequent extreme temperatures and associated health issues.