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Climate Change - Taking Action

Draft Climate Change Action Plan for Bass Coast 2020-2030

Scenic Estate Sculpture by Dak Photo credit Benita Russell

Bass Coast Shire Council voted to endorse the Draft Climate Change Action Plan 2020-30 at its August Ordinary Meeting.

The Plan was developed in consultation with the community through significant engagement with residents, businesses, agricultural sector and stakeholders in response to Council’s declaration of a climate emergency.

The climate emergency declaration came as a response to a petition presented to Council at the August 2019 Council Meeting, signed by over 1,000 community members.

The Plan identifies a number of actions that individuals, community groups, businesses, the agricultural sector and Council can undertake to achieve the objective of zero net emissions over the next 10 years and to ensure a climate resilient community.

The next steps will see the development of an implementation plan, which will be informed by previous engagement findings and further consultation with the community.

Our climate actions so far!

Council Renewable Energy Projects

Get Involved with a local action group

Bass Coast Climate Action Network (BCCAN) are a network of community members concerned about climate change impacts on the Bass Coast. They are working together for positive solutions and to encourage all levels of government to urgently act on climate change.

Energy Innovation Co-operative’s mission is "working together towards a zero emissions community". It is establishing community owned renewable energy generation, runs activities & events & newsletters, and its Southern CORE Fund supports community groups wanting to put solar PV, solar HW or energy efficiency measures onto buildings they run. It operates mainly within South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires, but has members beyond, and has no geographic limitations in its rules. From Nov 2017 it can offer tax deductibility for any donations towards its work.

Totally Renewable Phillip Island is a community group formed in early 2018 in collaboration with a number of community groups including, the Energy Innovation Co-operative, Boomerang Bags and Plastic-free Phillip Island and San Remo, PICAL, Phillip Island Conservation Society, Phillip Island Landcare Group and Bimbadeen Farm. As a result a public forum was held in June 2018 where community members voted to support the formation of Totally Renewable Phillip Island and associated working ground and to pursue the draft vision outlined below:

“Phillip Island will be a carbon-neutral community by 2030 through our collective efforts to use clean and efficient energy, reduce pollution and offset carbon emissions"