The Shire of Northam has joined forces with other councils across Australia to slash greenhouse gas pollution and tackle worsening climate change as the latest council to join the Cities Power Partnership.
The Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership program is Australia’s largest local government climate network, with over 100 councils representing almost 11 million Australians working together to find local climate solutions. Shire President, Chris Antonio said that joining the Cities Power Partnership was an important step forward to finding local climate solutions.
“The Shire of Northam has taken the pledge to tackle climate change in our own backyards as part of the Cities Power Partnership,” he said.
“Across Australia, shire, towns and cities, through local governments, are cutting greenhouse gas pollution, switching to clean energy and building resilient communities – and we’re proud to be playing an important part in this mission.”
– Chris Antonio, Northam Shire President
Councils taking part in the Cities Power Partnership pledge five actions to tackle climate change locally, from ramping up renewable energy through to planning sustainable transport systems.
Some of the innovative projects councils are taking part in include transitioning council fleets to electric vehicles, installing renewable energy on the council facilities that residents use daily and developing Australia’s largest floating solar farm.
Climate Councillor and climate expert Professor Tim Flannery welcomed the Shire of Northam to the partnership and commended the council for taking positive action on climate change.
“I would like to congratulate the Shire of Northam and President Chris Antonio on joining the climate change trailblazers in the Cities Power Partnership, who are shaping the way that Australian communities use and generate energy,” he said.
“There are some great clean energy and transport projects coming out of Australia’s local governments and I’m looking forward to seeing what the Shire of Northam will bring to the Cities Power Partnership.”