Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne


Member event

Forum: Clean Economy Opportunities for the Central Queensland Region

12 Aug 2021 - 13 Aug 2021
10:00am - 4:00pm
Salt Yeppoon, Yeppoon, QLD

The practical steps local governments in Central QLD can take to respond to climate risks and embrace economic opportunities.

If you missed out on the event, check out the full wrap and outcomes here.


The Local Government Association of Queensland’s (LGAQ) Queensland Climate Resilient Councils (Q CRC) program, Cities Power Partnership and Livingstone Shire Council are partnering to bring you this local government focused event.

Join this free event to learn about the economic opportunities being unlocked through clean economy initiatives. Hear from local sector representatives and other local governments about the actions they are taking to access these opportunities and build resilience to climate related risks.

Local governments in Queensland are faced with the twin challenges of preparing their communities for the impacts of climate change while enabling the region to make the most of the enormous opportunities presented by the emerging clean economy.

With extraordinary natural resources, a skilled workforce and an existing industrial base, Central Queensland has what it takes to become a renewable energy and clean industry superpower. Central Queensland’s agricultural and tourism sectors are also well positioned to lead the world in embracing sustainable markets and land carbon solutions.

This event will explore the practical steps that local governments in Central Queensland can take to respond to these risks and opportunities. It will include expert briefings, local case studies, training and networking opportunities.

The event is open to council staff and elected officials from all Councils in Central Queensland. Register now to secure your place!

The program will include:

Day 1 – Thursday 12th August

Council Officer Workshop, 10am -12pm (NOTE: Only virtual tickets are currently available for this session)

This session for Council Officers and will include:

  • Key Drivers for Local Government Climate Risk Management, Dorean Erhart, Manager Q CRC Program, LGAQ
  • How local governments are supporting clean local economies throughout Australia, Dr Portia Odell, Director, Cities Power Partnership
  • Communications briefing: How to communicate climate risks and opportunities within your Council, Victoria Fratin, Communications Advisor, Cities Power Partnership
  • Roundtable discussion: Regional local government priorities, barriers and opportunities for collaboration.


Climate Risks and Opportunities for Central Queensland, 12pm – 4pm (NOTE: Only virtual tickets are currently available for this session)

This session is open to elected representatives, council executives and staff. It will explore Local Government’s role in addressing climate risks and realising the opportunities presented to Central Queensland by the clean economy. A networking lunch will be followed by:

  • Embracing the Clean Economy: Central Queensland’s growth opportunities, Martin Rice, Acting CEO, Climate Council
  • Building resilient in agricultural production, Ian Groves – Capricornia Coast Farmer
  • Central Queensland’s Next Economy : results from the Next Economy Summit, Emma Whittlesea, Program Manager Community Transition, The Next Economy
  • Perspectives from local business, TBC
  • The work of the Whitsunday Climate Innovation Hub, Cr Al Grundy, Whitsunday Regional Council
  • Barcaldine Renewable Energy Zone, Mayor Sean Dillon, Barcaldine Regional Council
  • Gladstone Clean Economy Initiatives, Ms Leisa Dowling, CEO, Gladstone Regional Council



Day 2 – Friday 13th August

Climate risk management training, 9am-12pm

This session is aimed at Council Staff but is open to Elected Representatives and Executives. It will include expert training on identifying, managing and communicating climate risks using the latest tools available to Queensland councils.

Trainer: Dorean Erhart, Manager Q CRC Program, LGAQ

  • Session 1: Framing Considerations of Climate Risk
  • Session 2: Climate Risk Management Framework, Guideline and Stocktake