Shire calls for feedback on climate action plan

The AMR Shire is calling for community feedback on the Draft Climate Action Plan.

The plan identifies a wide range of actions to be undertaken by the Shire as an organisation, and actions to assist the community to reduce emissions and achieve carbon reduction targets.

Developed in partnership with the community, the plan incorporates outcomes from the community-driven Climate Action Summit held last year and incorporates the Shire's Local Energy Action Plan that has been in place for over nine years.

Chief Executive Stephanie Addison-Brown said the Shire was committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its corporate operations and showing leadership supporting the broader community to reduce emissions.

"We are seeing some really tangible results in reducing our corporate emissions from electricity used in Shire owned or managed buildings, Shire vehicles and machinery.

"However there is a lot more we need to do. This plan sets out clear corporate and community emissions reduction targets over the next 10-30 years, with the actions we need to take to achieve them," she said.

Shire President Ian Earl emphasised the importance of acting at a local level to tackle the issue of climate change.

"It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the doom and gloom but taking action locally is a great way overcome this.

"Community-led initiatives like the development of a renewable energy power sharing system being spearheaded by the Clean Community Energy group is an example of meaningful local action.

"Local governments have the capacity to influence activities that contribute a significant amount of our national greenhouse gas emissions.

"When combined, the efforts of local government and their communities can make a real difference.

"I really encourage all members of our community to take a look at the plan and give feedback," he said.

Have your say on the Draft Climate Action Plan by 1 March by visiting www.yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/climateactionplan