AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST COUNCIL has taken a giant step forward to cut the nation’s rising pollution levels, as Brisbane joins a fast-growing national network of councils tackling climate change.
City of Brisbane, Logan City, Sunshine Coast and Cairns Regional Council have today joined the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership, a growing network that now represents over 2 million Queenslanders.
Climate Councillor Professor Lesley Hughes congratulated the new members of the Cities Power Partnership and emphasised the opportunity councils have to be part of the state’s climate solution.
“Queensland has enormous potential to be part of the climate change solution and we are excited to see so many local governments jumping on board the Cities Power Partnership,” she said.
“Queensland’s councils are already rolling up their sleeves to get on with the job. Council-backed renewable projects are springing up across the state, bringing with them jobs, investment and infrastructure powered by cheap, reliable clean energy.”
“We’re calling on more Queensland councils to get on board with the Cities Power Partnership, the unstoppable local government climate juggernaut.”
A number of Cities Power Partnership councils already power major infrastructure with renewable energy, including Sunshine Coast Council’s 15MW Valdora Solar Farm and Logan City’s solar and Tesla battery-powered water treatment plant, which supplies over 300,000 homes.
Brisbane City Council’s Cr David McLachlan said that City of Brisbane is joining forces with the Cities Power Partnership to create a more sustainable future for Australia.
“Brisbane is Australia’s most sustainable city and we are excited to join the Cities Power Partnership,” Cr McLachan said.
“As Australia’s largest carbon-neutral organisation, we understand the importance of reducing our environmental footprint. We look forward to working collaboratively with the Cities Power Partnership to make Australia, and Brisbane, a global leader in sustainability.”
For more information contact Fiona Ivits, Cities Power Partnership media advisor, on 0432 368 714 or [email protected]