Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

Muswellbrook Shire Council's climate and sustainability commitments

Muswellbrook Shire Council is part of the Cities Power Partnership, Australia's largest network of councils leading the way to a sustainable future

  • Traditional Owners Wonnarua/ Wanaruah People
  • Member since 2021
  • Population 16,212
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renewable energy for community by 2025

Our journey

What Council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

  • Installation of renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) in Council buildings and offices
  • Council buildings have been fitted with 237kw of solar panels to date
  • New Sustainability Unit established
  • Sustainability Hub featuring community garden and workshops established

What Council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

  • To put into effect priorities identified in Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027. Considerations include improving resource consumption and assisting the community in improving resilience to climate-related vulnerability
  • To identify local environmental sustainability issues including climate change, loss/re-establishment and rehabilitation of native vegetation and vegetation connectivity and restoration of riparian waterways

What Council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership Program

  • Muswellbrook Shire Council has joined the Cities Power Partnership for mentoring and partnerships, access to the CPP knowledge hub, webinars and climate council experts
  • Muswellbrook Shire council believes that by working together Councils will be more effective in identifying strategies to assist the community in reducing energy consumption


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Support community facilities to access renewable energy through incentives, support or grants.
Power council operations by renewable energy, and set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.
Facilitate large energy users collectively tendering and purchasing renewable energy at a low cost.
Energy Efficiency
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.

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