Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder's climate and sustainability commitments

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is part of the Cities Power Partnership, Australia's largest network of councils leading the way to a sustainable future

  • Member since 2017
  • Population 29,469

Our journey

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

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is committed to sustainability and ensuring we reduce our demand for natural resources wherever possible. To date, the City has installed a variety of renewable energy systems, abating thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in the process. These systems include solar PV installations on council buildings to harness some of that famous outback sunshine, LED streetlights as well as solar thermal and ground source heat pumps at our Oasis recreation facility which have significantly reduced electricity and gas consumption.

The City also owns and operates a wastewater treatment facility in South Boulder which collects all of the residential wastewater generated in Kalgoorlie and Boulder through the sewers and treats it to create a reusable product. Each year the plant receives approximately 2.5 gigalitres of wastewater, which equates to nearly 3 Olympic-sized swimming pools a day. Once the water is treated it is used to keep Kalgoorlie and Boulder’s parks and reserves lush and green.

Further, the City also plays a lead role in the project management of renewable energy installations across the Goldfields-Esperance region made possible by a partnership with the Goldfields Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils funded through the Country Local Government Fund. The City hopes to continue to champion sustainability projects in the region beyond the completion of current projects this year.

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

The City is continuing to develop our approach to sustainability and further reduce our demand for natural resources. Opportunities for energy efficiency improvements in our buildings, additional renewable energy systems and greater community engagement on sustainability matters have all been identified and are currently being investigated. The City continues to aspire to be recognised as a leader in the sustainability field and to provide support and resources for the community as they work towards achieving their own environmental sustainability goals.


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Lobby electricity providers and state government to address barriers to local renewable energy uptake.
Energy Efficiency
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.
Work Together and Influence
Support the local community to develop capacity and skills to tackle climate change.

In the news


City looks to clean up at Tidy Town gongs

15 Feb 2018
Kalgoorlie-Boulder was named the State’s tidiest town last year as part of the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards, and this year is looking to earn…
Media Release

City leads the way in taking action against climate change

06 Dec 2017
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has become the first West Australian local government to pledge to take action as part the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership.…

Kalgoorlie acknowledged as clean energy success story

27 Jul 2017
This article originally appeared in the West Australian here. The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s “green” credentials have been recognised at a Climate Council congress, where the…

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