Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

Bayside Council's climate and sustainability commitments

Bayside Council is part of the Cities Power Partnership, Australia's largest network of councils leading the way to a sustainable future

  • Traditional Owners Gweagal, Bidjigal and Gadigal Clans
  • Member since 2017
  • Population 182,369

Our journey

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

Bayside Council is committed to improving its energy efficiency and broader sustainability as well as supporting the community to achieve gains in these areas. As an active participant in the Southern Sydney Regional organisation of Councils Renewable Energy Master Plan. Bayside Council has committed to achieve a renewable energy target of 30% of Council’s and the communities energy use coming from renewable sources by 2030.

Council is involved in several projects to improve sustainability including;

  • 323 kWs of solar installed on five Council facilities
  • Planting 850 trees across the the local government area, as well as 4,000 seedlings in bushland reserves as part of the NSW Government’s 5 Million Trees program
  • Providing free information and advice to residents and businesses regarding energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies and preferred suppliers (through the SSROC Our Energy Future (OEF) program)
  • Working with Ausgrid to progressively upgrade streetlights to LEDs
  • Retrofitting our administration building with LEDs, virtual desktops and an offsite cloud server
  • A sustainable procurement policy and alternative travel policy allowing staff to purchase a bicycle via salary sacrifice, for riding to work
  • Supplying discounted compost bins to residents and running composting and worm farming workshops for residents and schools
  • Operating four community gardens within the LGA
  • A popular community environmental program consisting of free monthly talks, workshops and tours
  • A growing bushcare program with five active groups and 65 volunteers

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

Besides several programs to increase our solar installations, improve street lighting and fleet efficiency in 2018 and beyond, Bayside Council is looking at ways to expand our bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and connect our communities to key open space, residential, education, commercial and employment destinations. Providing access to open and green space is a priority for Bayside Council, and we hope to expand on this by greening our streets with native tree and shrub planting programs and with innovative water management options such as raingardens to shape the landscape our streets and develop an eco-sensitive character to our emerging precincts.

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

Council hopes to learn from other councils as well as share our own knowledge on making a real difference to climate change through working with the local community.


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Use council resources to support the uptake of renewable energy
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Energy Efficiency
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.
Work Together and Influence
Set city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets.
Develop procurement policy to ensure that the practices of contractors and financers align with council’s renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport goals.

In the news


Randwick, Bayside councils sign up for solar

15 Oct 2018
RANDWICK and Bayside councils will benefit from a new deal with Origin to receive solar power. They along with 18 other councils in the Southern…

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