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Mayors Message - 24 January 2023

Mayors Message - 24 January 2023

Published:
Tuesday 24 January 2023
Categories:
Environment, Mayor's Message
Cr Michael Whelan

The national bipartisan political support for the need for urgent action to deal with the climate change emergency has been a positive change over the past 12 months.

I’m proud that the Bass Coast community has helped lead the way because we can all see the physical impact of climate change on our beautiful coastline. That would have been clear if you visited some of our most popular beaches over the holidays.

Council’s Climate Change Action Plan has set a goal to achieve net zero corporate and community emissions by 2030. Our latest report card shows that, while we’re on the right track but there is no time to lose.

All of Council’s electricity is now powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, reducing our carbon emissions by almost 2000 tonnes every year. The major remaining sources of Council’s corporate emissions are associated with landfill operations and corporate vehicle use which we are actively addressing.

More than 315,000 plants were put into the ground in 2022 as part of the Biolinks program. They’ll go on to store almost 60,000 tonnes of carbon over the next 25 years.

More than 8000 Bass Coast homes and businesses are reducing emissions while also enjoying cheaper electricity from rooftop solar.

Council also launched the first ever round of its Climate Action grants last year. Up to $40,000 per year is now available under the Community Grants program to support community climate action projects.

Climate action touches the heart of our communities. It has been driven by grassroots community groups such as the Bass Coast Climate Action Network and Totally Renewable Phillip Island made up of people of all ages and backgrounds.

You can hear what local organisations, the council and community members are doing and how we can all be involved on Saturday 18 February between 2-4pm at the Bass Coast Adult Learning Centre in Wonthaggi. Speakers will include Christian Slattery, the Council’s Climate Emergency Project Officer, Zoe Geyer, coordinator of Totally Renewable Phillip Island and Joey Thompson, Bass Coast School Strike for Climate. (Visit the Facebook event for more information).

Council will continue to work in collaboration with the community and other tiers of government to take meaningful steps towards achieving net zero emissions. Together we will build a community that will be more resilient to future extreme weather events, rising sea levels and coastal erosion that are exacerbated by climate change.