Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale's climate and sustainability commitments

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

  • Traditional Owners Noongar People
  • Member since 2017
  • Population 35,085

Our journey

The Shire is pleased to join the Cities Power Partnership, which acknowledges our ongoing commitment to addressing climate change. As a co-founder of the award-winning Switch your Thinking program, the Shire has been working with neighbouring Councils to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions and inspire community resource conservation. It is our firm belief that global change begins with local action and we look forward to working with other member councils across Australia to reduce our collective carbon footprint.

Our achievements

The Shire is committed to helping our residents live sustainably, and has joined forces with neighbouring local governments tackle regional greenhouse gas emissions.

Through the innovative Switch your Thinking program, we assist local businesses seeking to reduce their environmental impact, trail innovative technology, and provide the community with information and advice to reduce residential energy consumption.

We are proud to have gained national recognition for our efforts, including winning the National Energy Efficiency Award for Best Residential Project.

Our future

We look forward to launching the Cities Power Partnership, and continuing to work with neighbouring councils and the Federal Government to grow the Switch your Thinking program. Through this and other programs, we aim to equip our residents with the information needed to think and act sustainably.

More broadly, we are committed to meeting the needs of a growing population while always keeping sight of our environmental values. The Shire is located in a very special part of the world and our residents enjoy a close connection with nature – something we are determined to preserve.

Our hopes

The Shire is keen to build on our success by partnering with other progressive councils and industry experts to share knowledge, ideas and insight that will ultimately maximise the Cities Power Partnership’s collective impact.


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Provide incentives and/or remove barriers to encourage local businesses to take up solar power and battery storage.
Work Together and Influence
Develop education and behaviour-change programs to support local residents and businesses to tackle climate change through clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.
Support the local community to develop capacity and skills to tackle climate change.
Support local community energy groups with their community energy initiatives.

In the news


Shire engages in a climate of change

09 Feb 2018
The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has moved to address climate change at a local level by joining a network of progressive and likeminded councils tackling…
Media Release

Shire engages in a climate of change

02 Feb 2018
The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has moved to address climate change at a local level by joining a network of progressive and likeminded councils tackling…

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