Shire of Mundaring
Is a Power Partner
Climate change is already affecting the Shire of Mundaring through changed rainfall patterns and increased bushfire risk. We support the WA Local Government Association’s 2018 Climate Change Policy Statement, which calls for strong climate change action, leadership and coordination at all levels of government. The Cities Power Partnership connects the Shire to a network of local governments around Australia that are taking action as well as advocating for effective Commonwealth and State Government leadership.
Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings
Create a revolving green energy fund to finance renewable energy projects.
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.
Lobby state and federal government to address barriers to the take up of renewable energy, energy efficiency and/or sustainable transport.
Develop education and behaviour-change programs to support local residents and businesses to tackle climate change through clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport
Shire of Mundaring
The Shire of Mundaring has already taken some steps to reduce its energy use and emissions by installing solar panels and increasing energy efficiency. The Shire was a past participant in the Cities for Climate Protection Program, and the Perth Solar Cities initiative which helped some local residents access home energy audits and discounted solar systems.
In 2018 the Shire adopted a new Energy and Emissions Reduction Strategy. The Energy Team will be working to reduce Shire emissions with energy efficiency measures and purchasing decisions, LED lighting, solar panels, and behaviour changes. At the same time we will be encouraging local residents and businesses to make changes to reduce their own energy use and emissions.
Both reducing emissions and adapting to a certain level of unavoidable climate change are significant challenges for local governments. As our Strategy states, ‘it is important to note that local governments alone cannot and should not be expected to manage emissions reduction to the extent necessary to avoid dangerous levels of climate change.’ We really need national leadership and State Government support, which is why we value the advocacy efforts of the Cities Power Partnership.