The consultation period has now closed. Thank you for your feedback
From May to June 2023, we asked you to provide your thoughts and feedback on the draft Climate Action Plan. We received over 50 submissions from the community and we are currently reviewing the information. Thank you to those community members who took the time to submit your ideas. Your valuable feedback will help us finalise the Plan.
The Taking Climate Action project had:
Over 50 Survey responses
Over 70% support of the draft Plan
Council’s Plan for net-zero emissions by 2035
Demonstrating its commitment to fighting climate change, Murrindindi Shire Council has developed a draft Climate Change Action Plan: Towards 2035, which will act as a roadmap to help Council and the community work towards net-zero emissions by 2035.
The Plan supports Council’s formal Climate Change Pledge and Policy, which we developed using input and ideas gathered from our community late last year, and outlines specific actions for the next three years that Council will take to reduce emissions and support climate change adaptation.
Council is now calling on residents, business owners and landholders to review the Plan, provide feedback and vote for your choice of actions Council can take to support you.
must be received by Sunday 25 June 2023.
By providing your feedback, you will also go in the running to win one of two $100 FoodWorks Supermarket vouchers.
There are a number of ways you can get involved
Vote on priority actions
Register your interest in the focus group sessions
Chat with us in person, details here
FOCUS GROUP REGISTRATION
Sessions planned for Alexandra, Marysville and Yea
Vote on priority actions
Share your thoughts on the draft Plan and a chance to win a FoodWorks voucher
Chat with us in person
Council officers will be attending a number of events across Murrindindi Shire
What’s happens next?
All feedback will be considered by Council and will help finalise the Climate Change Action Plan, ready for adoption at the August 2023 Scheduled Meeting of Council.Council intends to commit staff time and work with other partners to assist community with the priority actions selected through the voting process.
Council is required under the Local Government Act 2020 to consider climate change in decision-making. In January 2022, we made a formal pledge under the Victorian Climate Change Act 2017 to:
- work across all areas of Council responsibility to reach net zero emissions by 2035 in our organisation and support our wider community to do the same.
- Prepare our organisation for any unavoidable impacts so that we can keep providing essential services to our community.
- Support our community to transition to a climate-safe way of life.
Council’s Climate Change Policy, adopted on 28 September 2022, guides council in the implementation of the pledge.
- The organisation will transition to net zero emissions by 2035, based on 2016/17 levels
- Council commits to a short-term reduction target of 20% by 2025 and a medium term target of 75% by 2030,
- Council will progressively include climate related risks, actions and measures in its key planning processes and documents
- Council decisions, operations and services will consider contribution to emission reduction, and adaptation to future climate conditions
- Council aims to build knowledge and develop collaboration in activities with our local community, business and other stakeholders
The targets are informed by climate science to keep warming below 2 degrees. Council is directly contributing to efforts to return to a safe climate.
Climate change poses serious risks to our health, our unique landscapes and our way of life. We are already feeling its impacts with extreme weather events such as bushfires, heatwaves, storms and floods becoming more frequent and severe.
We also know that climate action will benefit our Shire. Benefits include cheaper and more reliable power, extra income from renewable energy production and carbon credits, and a healthier community that buys local and chooses to walk or cycle instead of drive.
Through the Shaping Our Future consultation last year, many in our community said that we need to act on climate change. In response, Council is developing a climate action plan.
The Plan will act as a roadmap in coming years to help us achieve our goals and work together towards net-zero emissions by 2035. We want to hear more from you about the best actions we can take and how we can help you to act too.
How to get involved
There are many ways you can get involved in the project
- Provide input via the Taking Climate Action Survey
- Explore other people’s action ideas on the Gather Board and add your own
- Attend one of our pop up kiosks
Council acknowledges the urgent need to act on climate change and would like to thank everyone in the community who provided input and shared ideas to help us develop our draft Climate Action Plan.
Your input has helped shape ideas and actions that Council can take to reduce its emissions as an organisation, help our communities adapt to a harsher climate, and support community members, groups, and businesses to move toward net-zero emissions by 2035. Our draft Plan will be available for feedback soon with further opportunities for the community to get involved and provide feedback to on our proposed approach.
Stage 1B Feedback period has now closed. Thank you to the community members who participated.
Council officers will review and analyse the community feedback and present to Council prior to the adoption of the Climate Change Policy at Wednesday 28 September, 2022 scheduled meeting.
Council has prepared a draft Climate Change Policy and is inviting you to share your feedback, to help us understand if the principles and objectives within the Policy reflect the expectations you have of Council in responding to climate change.
In January this year, Council made a formal pledge under the Victorian Climate Change Act 2017 to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2035, adapt our operations to climate change, and support our community to act too.
Our Climate Change Policy will help guide us to achieve these goals and lay the foundation for the development of our Climate Change Action Plan.
The draft Policy is available in the Exhibition Documents section.
Community members are invited to provide feedback on the draft. Submissions
close at 12.00 noon
on Wednesday 24 August.
How to get involved
Council is now inviting feedback. You can respond in the following ways: