Climate Change Action

Overview

Murrindindi Shire Council is committed to combating climate change. We know that climate change poses serious risks to our health, our unique landscapes and our way of life – and we are already feeling its impacts.

Extreme weather events such as bushfires, heatwaves, storms and floods are becoming more frequent and severe. Immediate action is needed to reduce climate pollution and help us adapt to a harsher climate.

We also know that climate action will benefit our Shire, with opportunities for local development and improved community wellbeing.

Some of the benefits include cheaper and more reliable power, extra income from renewable energy production and carbon credits, a healthier community that supports the production of fresh, local food and chooses to walk or cycle instead of drive, and more resilient and prosperous tourism and agricultural industries, which support economic sustainability. 

Council is currently developing a Climate Action Plan. The Plan will act as a roadmap for the coming years, to help us achieve our goals and work together with the community to combat climate change.

We'll soon be asking for your ideas, feedback, and input to help us develop this plan – so keep an eye out on Council’s Facebook page, in your local paper or community publication and on Council’s online engagement platform, The Loop.

Council's Climate Change Pledge

This Statement is made by Murrindindi Shire Council in accordance with sections 46 and 47 of the Climate Change Act 2017, which provide that the Council may make a statement in respect of greenhouse gas emissions reductions resulting from the performance of the Council’s powers and duties under the Local Government Act 1989. In accordance with section 46(3), this pledge relates to the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2025.

By resolution of Council's Ordinary Meeting dated 24 November 2021, the Council has pledged that it will take four major steps in its efforts to address climate change, commencing immediately. To implement these steps, Council has committed to implementing a series of actions by the year 2025, as outlined in this Statement. Council reasonably expects these actions will contribute to the reduction of an estimated 10% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 from current levels, caused or otherwise influenced by the Council (equivalent to approximately 739 tonnes CO2-e per annum), and assist Council and Murrindindi Shire to meet the goal of net zero emissions by 2035. The projected reduction in Council emissions is outlined in Figure 1 below.

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Figure 1: Council's emissions reduction projections for Climate Change Pledge

In implementing these actions, the Council will consider the Policy Objectives and Guiding Principles in accordance with Section 47(2) of the Climate Change Act 2017. Council acknowledges the urgent need to take action on climate change by dramatically reducing the municipality’s greenhouse gas emissions. This will help Victoria achieve its Zero Net Emissions by 2050 target and support the world in its transition away from fossil fuels.

Council will continue to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions by investing in and/or supporting projects that improve energy efficiency and promote the use of renewable energy across the municipality. It will also lead the community by and support community and business efforts to reduce emissions.

Strategic commitment 1

Council, in partnership with the Community, will make every effort to reach net zero emissions by 2035 across the municipality. This will include developing clearer policies, plans, processes and goals that help to reach this target and inform better decision making in the context of climate change. This effort will focus on all areas of Council responsibility, including the operations of Council, assets, infrastructure and essential services to our local community, and direct community engagement and education activities.

Strategic commitment 2

Council will implement emission reduction projects and adaptation actions as identified through strategic commitment 1.

Strategic commitment 3

Council will continue to collaborate with and support community groups, local businesses, regional authorities, local governments and the Goulburn Murray Climate Alliance to reduce the municipality’s emissions and help the region adapt to the impacts of climate change. Council will also build further partnerships to progress achievement of the key climate change commitments outlines above.

Strategic commitment 4

Council will transition to 100% renewable electricity use for all of its electricity accounts by 2025.

In implementing these actions, the Council will consider the Policy Objectives and Guiding Principles in accordance with Section 47(2) of the Climate Change Act 2017. Council acknowledges the urgent need to take action on climate change by dramatically reducing the municipality’s greenhouse gas emissions. This will help Victoria achieve its Zero Net Emissions by 2050 target and support the world in its transition away from fossil fuels.

Council will continue to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions by investing in and/or supporting projects that improve energy efficiency and promote the use of renewable energy across the municipality. It will also lead the community by and support community and business efforts to reduce emissions.