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Council makes finals of national climate award

News Article Date: 
Friday, 9 August 2019

Warrnambool City Council’s work tackling climate change has been recognised on the national stage, with the council’s Green Warrnambool Plan selected as a finalist in the 2019 Cities Power Partnership Awards.

Green Warrnambool sets a new vision for the city: that Warrnambool will be the most sustainable regional city in Australia. The plan outlines actions that will improve sustainability performance for Council and the city.

Green Warrnambool was selected from a competitive field of entries from councils across Australia for the national awards, which recognise outstanding achievement by local governments in the fields of renewable energy, sustainable transport, energy efficiency, community engagement and climate advocacy.

Warrnambool Mayor Tony Herbert said that the nomination was recognition of Council’s commitment to show leadership on one of the most important issues facing society today.

“As part of the Green Warrnambool Plan, we have committed to becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2026,” he said.

“That’s just seven years away, and we are already working on a number projects of help achieve this goal, including a partnership with other Victorian councils to explore a renewable power purchase agreement.“We are also committed to helping our residents lead more environmentally sustainable lives with initiatives such as the FOGO bins as well as the proposal for a separate bin for glass.”

David Craven, Director of the Cities Power Partnership, congratulated Warrnambool City Council for making the final shortlist for the awards, saying that the range and quality of entries showed the extent to which local governments are becoming a vital part of Australia’s climate solution.

“Warrnambool City Council is an Australian local climate leader, and I’m proud to be able to recognise the important work they’re doing through the Cities Power Partnership Awards,” he said.

“Local champions such as the Warrnambool City Council are stepping up to the climate challenge.

“It’s time to celebrate these unsung climate heroes in local government, who are helping their communities to drive down local greenhouse gas pollution.”

The award winners will be announced on August 29.

 

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