Is a Power Partner
Like any Council, Mount Barker District Council faces environmental threats such as climate change, biodiversity loss and excess waste. We’re also one of the fastest-growing Councils in South Australia. Our challenge and goal is to manage our growth in environmentally sustainable ways. We see these challenges as opportunities. Our community is passionate about our environment and we have an active and dedicated staff leading to protect, promote and celebrate our environment within Council.
Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Use strategic and statutory planning processes to promote renewable energy – both at the residential, commercial and larger scale.
Install renewable energy on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices
Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget – roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality
Set city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets and sustainable energy policies to provide a common goal and shared expectations for local residents and businesses
Implement an education and behaviour change program to influence the behaviour of council officers, local energy efficiency and sustainable transport
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Mount Barker District Council has recently developed and adopted a new environment strategy that aligns our environmental objectives with strategic goals and guides our decision making on environmental initiatives within a monitoring framework. Council has also worked in collaboration with its partners in the region, on the Resilient Hills & Coasts adaptation framework to respond positively to the challenges and opportunities presented by a changing climate.
Mount Barker is a leader in wastewater management, recycling most wastewater for reuse and with the community potable water use approximately half of the national average of water per day (161L/day/per capita), it demonstrates community and council alignment. Each year an extensive revegetation program with local schools and volunteers sees 10,000 native shrubs, trees and groundcovers planted in addition to a partnership of 21 bushland sites with Bush for Life (BFL) program. The recent development of a waste to resources management plan will assist in diverting more waste from landfill.
Council has developed an extensive and unique environmental education program that engages and educates our wider local community on varied aspects of the environment and sustainability. This includes an online ‘virtual community’ where sustainability practices are promoted.
A 2017 energy efficiency audit has set emissions reduction targets, resulted in the installation of PV panels on Council Council’s administration centre and the completion of retrofit of lighting throughout the building.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Council aims to:
- reduce GHGs by 3% per year together with the community, based on the 2017 emissions profile
- implement adaptive responses to climate change
- increase Council’s renewable energy sources and improve energy efficiency
- build community awareness and support for best practices in sustainable development in urban and rural settings
- improve integration of energy efficiency considerations into the development process
- improve the accessibility of sustainable transport options
- reduce household mains water consumption by 10% per capita below 2017 levels by 2023
- minimise impacts of development on stormwater runoff and riverbank erosion
- reuse 100% of recycled wastewater
- reduce waste to landfill by 10% per capita
- improve the waste diversion rate
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
By joining the Cities Power Partnership, Mount Barker District Council hopes to connect and share information with other local government participants that will allow Council to increase its capacity to respond to climate change and increase its mitigation efforts. Mount Barker District Council is committed to being a low-carbon & resilient, biodiverse, liveable, water-wise and resource-efficient community.