What Council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Maitland City Council has been an active promoter of NSW state government and other programs to support community access to rebates for actions that improve energy efficiency in the home. This includes showerhead exchanges, fridge buybacks and current Appliance Replacement Offer program.
Council is also a member of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Sustainable Councils and Communities program and has recently signed up to the SunSpot project to provide the community with a quick assessment of the potential for Solar PV on their home. With support from the DPIE, Council is developing an Energy Strategy to bring efficiencies and renewable energy to its facilities, including adding to the existing solar system at the depot building.
Council supports active transport with its Maitland Bike Plan and Strategy, providing a plan for increasing the connectivity of the cycling network across the city. Council is also actively participating in the development of a regional electric vehicle strategy with the Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils.
What Council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
In 2020 Maitland City Council adopted the Maitland Local Strategic Planning Statement 2036, which includes a commitment to working with the NSW Government to achieve its net zero emission target by 2050.
While supporting the broader community to progress toward these goals, Council intends to develop and implement strategies and plans that demonstrate Council is making sound investment decisions that reduce reliance on non renewable resources for its own operations.
What Council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
By joining the Cities Power Partnership, Maitland City Council will share knowledge and collaborate with like minded councils. It is hoped that being part of the CPP community will increase access to opportunities for our city to be prepared for the challenges and benefit from opportunities in a future that is increasingly based on renewable sources of energy.