ACT a frontrunner in renewables race

The ACT, South Australia and Tasmania are all leading the renewables race while the Federal Government remains stuck at the starting block, according to a new report released by the Climate Council yesterday. The report says that states and territories are the driving...

Worsening climate change melts winter heat records

AUSTRALIA has experienced its hottest winter on record (for mean maximum temperatures), as a result of intensifying climate change. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) today released its seasonal update confirming Australia has seen the hottest (mean maximum temperatures)...

Council leads the way with renewed energy

Much of the recent political debate involving renewables and fossil fuels has focused on the actions of federal and state governments. This fails to recognise that a significant amount can be done to tackle climate change at the local government level. Through urban...

Climate change themed District exhibit

Parkes is making fruitful progress on climate change, with an impressive display at the Parkes Show this week showcasing the area’s commitment to climate action. The display, created from an array of local produce, illustrates the threats and opportunities posed...

Noosa ahead of pack in Queensland’s switch to solar

Queenslanders are leading the nation in their take-up of solar panels, and Noosa is ahead of the pack. Mayor Tony Wellington said figures for Noosa show around 34% of properties within the Shire are tapping into the power of the sun. This compares with a State-wide...

Council urged to lead on climate change

As the national debate rages on our Federal Government’s ongoing failure to set a binding renewables target, local governments across the country have been getting on with the job of tackling climate change – and Queanbeyan-Palerang is no exception. But we may...

Putting the passion into power

WE spend a lot of time talking about Them. They just don’t get it. Why don’t they see the bleeding obvious? Why do they keep doing stupid things? I am one of the world’s worst offenders. Without saying a word and smiling sweetly, I can spend whole days mentally...

Newcastle powers ahead of the pack on climate change

Newcastle City Council has become the first local government in Australia to commit to taking action under a new Climate Council initiative. Newcastle recently joined the Cities Power Partnership, a Climate Council program that brings together Australian cities and...

Greens call for local climate action

Central Coast Greens are calling on the next Council to heed a new report from the Climate Council and make a pledge for local action on climate change. The Climate Council report shows local governments are able to deliver effective action and are “leading State and...

Going green

Letter to the Editor John Smeed (Noosa Today, 8 August), claims that council is spending $500,000 partnering with Tim Flannery. That is nonsense. Council has not spent a cent to join with the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership (CPP). The CPP is a commitment by...

Council asked to make a pledge on climate change

Central Coast Greens have called for the next Central Coast Council to heed a new report from the Climate Council and make a pledge for local action on climate change. The Climate Council report shows local governments are able to deliver effective action and are...

Putting the environment back into council decisions

LIKE OTHER Queanbeyan residents, I received a rates notice the other week. It came with a summary of how Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) spends rates revenue. I was surprised to see that the environment and health (which I assume includes food safety)...

What are we doing locally?

UNDER THE LONG shadow of Australia’s fossil fuel lobby and their elected status quo apologists, there has been a depressing reluctance on the part of the Turnbull government to breathe real oxygen into the energy debate and lead Australia’s transition [or indeed...

Solar powers big projects

SOLAR energy is now powering both of Parkes’ new water and sewage treatment plants. Parkes Shire Council’s contractors, Autonomous Energy has installed 100 kilowatts (kW) of solar panels at the new Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) site and another 100 kW at the new Water...

Parkes Council a renewable energy “trailblazer”

Solar energy is now powering both of Parkes’ new water and sewage treatment plants. Parkes Shire Council’s contractors, Autonomous Energy has installed 100 kilowatts (kW) of solar panels at the new Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) site and another 100 kW at the new Water...

Byron fighting Australia’s rising emissions

NATIONAL emission levels are on the rise with emissions increasing by 1% in the year from March 2016, but Byron Shire Council is taking action. The Australian National Greenhouse Gas Inventory’s quarterly update report, released on August 4, shows national...

Climate Control

New research shows that Australian local governments are tackling climate change without relying on help from other levels of government – and increasingly sharing their knowledge with each other. Last month Sunshine Coast Council in Queensland cut the ribbon on the...

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