Augusta Margaret River

Is a Power Partner
Being part of the Cities Power Partnership enables our Shire to inspire and be inspired by the good work of other like-minded Local Governments. Only through collective action will we be able to truly tackle the impacts of climate change which know no boundaries Shire President Pamela Townshend

Partnership Action Pledge

Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.

 

 

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Support local community energy groups with their community energy initiatives.
Promote knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.
Use strategic and statutory planning processes to promote renewable energy – both at the residential, commercial and larger scale.
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices.

Augusta Margaret River

What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

Council adopted a Local Energy Action Plan in 2010, with the intent of reducing emissions generated by the Shire (corporate sector) and the community as a whole. This plan was updated in 2014, and is currently under review at present. The LEAP seeks to achieve a 30% reduction in corporate emissions and 20% reduction (per capita) in community emissions below 2007 levels by 2020. A number of key actions have been implemented to achieve adopted targets, including installation of approximately 60kW in solar PV across key buildings, large scale roll out of LED lighting at the Shire’s Recreation Centre, replacement of major energy equipment throughout key buildings, undertaking regular energy audits, on-going purchase of carbon offsets,  and a schedule for continued improvement.

What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

The Shire has achieved approximately 70% of its corporate, and 100% of its community carbon emissions target (per capita). Moving forward, the intent is to raise the bar for community emissions reduction to 50% below 2007 levels per capita by 2022. In order to achieve this the Shire intends to significantly increase the roll out of solar  PV installations across new and existing Shire buildings. Importantly, the Shire seeks to improve the way we communicate information on sustainability to the community. Newly proposed actions seek to bring the community along the journey, with the objective of achieving adopted targets.

What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River seek to be a leader in carbon emissions reduction within the Local Government sector. The Cities Power Partnership allows us to benchmark our efforts against local governments of a similar scale and nature to ensure that our targets meet contemporary expectations. We realise that we have a lot to learn from other Local Governments and the Partnership allows us to easily connect with like minded people to share information.

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