Borough of Queenscliffe

Is a Power Partner

“Protecting our community and our natural environment means taking climate change seriously. The Borough of Queenscliffe is excited to be partnering with other councils across Victoria who share our goal of supplying communities with affordable renewable energy.”

Mayor Ross Ebbels

Council has chosen the following pledges

renewable energy

Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings

energy efficiency

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measure across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures

sustainable transport

Provide fast-charging infrastructure throughout the city at key locations for electric vehicles

work together and influence

Set city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets

work together and influence

Support the local community to develop capacity and skills to tackle climate change

Borough of Queenscliffe

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

The Borough of Queenscliffe has a long history of taking action to minimize our impact on the environment and protect our natural landscapes. Council’s emissions data for 2018-19 saw another fall in our emissions, adding up to a reduction of 34.5% in the last four years. We’ve achieved this through a range of programs from replacing every council street light with energy-efficient lighting, to organising a solar panel bulk buy for residents. This is a substantial reduction in such a short period of time, and our environmental team are constantly on the lookout for ways to reduce this number even further.

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

Future responses to climate change need to grow beyond Council and include our whole community. This year, our residents let us know that they wanted us to place an even greater priority on this work, and Council responded by declaring a climate emergency. Council is in the process of developing an engagement plan that will allow members from across our community to share their ideas on how we can reduce emissions. We’re looking forward to working with residents to set goals for this next stage in our journey to becoming a more climate-friendly community.

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

Partnerships of all kinds multiply the impact we can make in responding to climate change. Whether it’s the sharing of ideas and best practise with our local residents or with other councils across Victoria, programs like the Cities Power Partnership are a great way for a small community like the Borough to have a big impact on sustainability.