What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Since 2002 the City of Armadale has worked with the City of Gosnells and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale on the award-winning Switch your Thinking program, collectively working towards the goal of reducing regional greenhouse gas emissions.
Switch your Thinking engages all sectors of the community providing locally relevant information and expert advice, negotiating discounts and incentives, trialling innovative technology and coordinating Council and community efforts to combat climate change. By implementing actions in the City’s Corporate Greenhouse Action Plan 2014/15 to 2019/20 Council is on track to achieve its target of a 19% per capita reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2000 levels by 2020.
The City of Armadale was also one of the first local governments in Australia to join the Emissions Reduction Fund, flaring methane at Armadale Landfill and Recycling Facility and re-investing earnings into environmental restoration projects.
Another major achievement for the City of Armadale was Council endorsing changes to Investment Policy FIN 4 so surplus City funds are invested in financial institutions that respect the environment by not funding fossil fuel industries.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
The City of Armadale is committed to providing ratepayers value for money by pursuing energy efficiency and reducing waste. For example, the Armadale Aquatic Centre redevelopment project includes geothermal heating, creating a fully integrated, modern, year-round facility that will be both comfortable for patrons and efficient to run.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
- Access to a national knowledge hub to assist with future project
- Building relationships with other LGAs
- Recognition for the City’s track record as a responsible corporate citizen