Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

Bellingen Shire Council's climate and sustainability commitments

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

  • Traditional Owners Gumbaynggirr People
  • Member since 2017
  • Population 13,248
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renewable energy for community by 2030

Our journey

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

Bellingen Shire was early to act on climate change with the development of the Bellingen Emissions Reduction Program and a regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in 2010. Both documents were guided by a risk assessment and outlined a range of actions that required organisation-wide commitment. A decade on, a diverse range of projects have been delivered including the installation of over 200kW of solar power capacity at sites with high electricity consumption, river rehabilitation programs at 36 sites and the allocation of dozens of grants for community groups to protect our environment and build community capacity.

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

Bellingen Shire Council resolved to Declare a Climate Emergency in March 2019. The declaration acknowledged that Bellingen Shire is being affected by climate impacts, particularly increasing sea level rise, bushfires, heat waves, severe storms, drought and floods. As part of this declaration, Council prepared and adopted a Climate Emergency Response Framework and Corporate Carbon Plan with a target of zero net emissions by 2040.

Council continues to plan for the future by engaging with the community in the development of a Climate Adaptation Plan. This will guide actions to build resilience and mitigate the risks our changing climate poses to the environment, residents, industry and visitors of Bellingen Shire.

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

The Cities Power Partnership provides an opportunity for Bellingen Shire Council to access support and information to ensure our actions reflect industry best practice. Council benefits from being part of a network that fosters connection between local governments with similar climate issues, so we can share resources, collaborate on regional projects and share our pledges in a public forum.


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Develop supportive planning laws to encourage residents and industry to adopt renewable energy.
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Energy Efficiency
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Sustainable Transport
Support cycling through provision of adequate cycle lanes, bike parking and end-of-ride facilities.
Work Together and Influence
Develop education and behaviour-change programs to support local residents and businesses to tackle climate change through clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

In the news

Media Release

Enough is enough: Flood affected mayors and councillors call for more support

24 Mar 2022
Thirty-one mayors and councillors from some of the most flood damaged regions have called on the government to do more to protect communities.
Media Release

Mayors and councillors stand together in climate call

04 Mar 2021
Seventeen mayors and councillors have called on the government to recognise the spiralling costs to communities from climate-fuelled extreme weather.
Media Release

Mayors commit to clean, local jobs

20 Oct 2020
Over forty mayors and councillors have released a joint statement committing to economic recovery solutions that create jobs and tackle climate change.

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