Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

Northern Midlands Council's climate and sustainability commitments

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

  • Member since 2017
  • Population 13,852

Our journey

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

Planning & Development – Council’s planning scheme requires development to be north facing where possible to allow for passive heating and reduction in energy use. To encourage solar use, Council’s Planning Scheme contains an exemption for solar collector panels and photovoltaic cells on a roof.

Water Sensitive Urban Design – Council has recently completed a Water Sensitive Urban Design Strategy, whereby stormwater is redirected and filtered through two ponds to clear the stormwater of debris before it flows back into the stormwater channel. The development has two primary benefits, cleaning the stormwater before it returns back to the river system, and creating a wetland for native flora and fauna.

Northern Lights Project – The Northern Midlands Council is currently participating in the Northern Lights Project. The project involves changing over 920 of the current residential street lights to energy efficient luminaires. The new lights will be up to 82% more efficient than the existing 80W mercury vapour lights, leading to significant cost and energy savings by Council. By making this change, Northern Midlands will save the equivalent of around 900 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. This is equal to removing twenty cars off the road every year for the next twenty years! Despite an initial capital outlay, the reduced operation and maintenance costs of the lights mean that the project will be cash flow positive within 7 years. From that point onward Council will incur savings, adding up to around $1.75 million over the 20 year life of the lights.

Installation of solar panels – Council supports the installation of solar panels on Council buildings and infrastructure, with a recent installation on the Evandale Community Centre, Evandale.

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

Council hopes to achieve the following:

  • Reducing Council’s carbon footprint
  • Educating the community about energy efficiency and opportunities for individuals that will result in savings for them, and benefit to the environment
  • Generating savings for Council, and ultimately its ratepayers by becoming more energy efficient and utilising renewable energy
  • What Council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership:

Council hopes to gain two things from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership

  • Knowledge and information from like-minded Councils
  • Benefit for its ratepayers by decreasing Council’s energy costs, thus saving money to invest in other community infrastructure


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
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.
Sustainable Transport
Support cycling through provision of adequate cycle lanes, bike parking and end-of-ride facilities.
Work Together and Influence
Support the local community to develop capacity and skills to tackle climate change.

In the news

Media Release

Northern Midlands Council joins climate change partnership

09 Feb 2018
The Northern Midlands Council will officially join a nationwide program to fight climate change on Tuesday. It will join 34 other councils from around Australia, including Brighton…

Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership a step forward for Tasmanian councils

20 Oct 2017
A step towards creating a sustainable, non-polluting energy future was taken by the Northern Midlands Council on Monday. Councillors unanimously agreed to join the Climate Council’s Cities…

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