Is a Power Partner
The Mackay region boasts of opportunity, a vibrant economy and a culturally diverse community. The reasons why we live, work and play here are substantially underpinned by the fantastic environment that surrounds us.
As a fifth generation local, I am enormously proud of this region and the proactive approach council has to integrating key sustainability practices into our operations and the need to understand and manage the risks associated with climate change.
Joining the Cities Power Partnership demonstrates council’s commitment to build an engaged, informed and connected community coupled with strong leadership in the area of environmental sustainability.
Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices.
Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers). Set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Providing for adequate cycle lanes (both space and connectivity) in road design and supporting cyclists through providing parking, and end-of-ride facilities (covered, secure bike storage, showers, bicycle maintenance and incentives).
Support local community energy groups with their community energy initiatives
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability:
Council’s first Sustainability Strategy was endorsed in 2013 to integrate sustainability into the core business of council. The strategy played an important role in advancing sustainability outcomes across council in areas such as:
- sustainable planning and infrastructure
- preservation of the natural environment and biodiversity
- energy, carbon emissions and climate change
- water and waste management.
In recent years, council has successfully implemented a range of energy efficiency initiatives and continues to improve the visibility of the organisation’s electricity consumption and carbon emissions. Mackay also boasts the nationally recognised ‘Bluewater Trail’ urban cycle network which includes quality end of trip facilities for cyclists.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability:
Mackay Regional Council has endorsed the Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2017-2022 that provides the framework and identifies priorities for energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport and broader sustainability in the Mackay region.
Council recently approved the installation of 1.7MW of solar PV generation at 21 council sites which will be completed within the 2018/19 financial year. Council will continue to investigate opportunities for energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transport options that will benefit ratepayers and reduce carbon emissions.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership:
Mackay Regional Council has joined the Cities Power Partnership to showcase our achievements to date and continue to improve sustainability outcomes for our organisation and community. We look forward to partnering with other councils to share and grow the collective knowledge within our respective communities and across the local government sector more broadly.