Council's Climate Action
Council has been acting in relation to climate change for a number of years. Council’s first significant commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was joining the Cities for Climate Protection Program (CCP) in 2004. Based on participation in the program, Council identified a need to incorporate climate change into its corporate planning processes. To improve the capability of the organisation to respond to the risks posed by climate change. Council has responded in this regard through the establishment of the Ballina Shire Council Climate Action Strategy.
Ballina Shire Council's Climate Action Strategy
The Climate Action Strategy identifies Council's climate change response strategies and a series of key opportunities relating to both mitigation of greenhouse gases and adaptation to climate change. The strategy is designed to integrate with a variety of Council's function areas in order to both inform policy and decision making and be informed by other activities of Council. The Climate Action Strategy was adopted by Council in December 2011 and documents Council’s present thinking in relation to appropriate climate change responses. The strategy is based on consideration of current community expectations, scientific understanding, government direction and the opportunities for climate change adaptation and mitigation at a local government level.
Although the strategy focuses on Council’s business it also recognises that all levels of government and the community have important roles to play in climate action. The document collates some of the initiatives that Council is already undertaking and provides a framework to guide future decisions of Council in relation to climate change. For more about how we prepared the plan, read on...
last updated February 2012