Taking Action on Climate Change

Councils can lead the transition from fossil fuels to renewables. 2023 was the hottest year on record - it’s never been more important to elect Greens to all levels of government to push for further and faster action on the climate crisis.

Coal and gas corporations are getting massive handouts from the government, while recording record profits and putting up power prices. Councils can replace coal and gas with renewables, get homes off fossil-fuelled power, and lower energy bills in the process.

We know that local Councils are on the frontlines of climate-fuelled disasters, like floods and bushfires. We need to get better at responding to natural disasters as the climate crisis escalates.

The Greens will:

  • Achieve net zero emissions by 2030 and a carbon-neutral economy.. A local Council can achieve net zero in their operations, as Council operations do not take into account agriculture and carbon intensive industry.
  • Electrify Council resources, with all-electric vehicles, tools, lawnmowers and trucks by 2028. Any emissions generated from Council resources will be offset by local tree plantation.
  • Partner with Solar my School to transition local schools to 100% renewable energy, and support local community halls, facilities and sports clubs to reach net zero
  • Introduce and extend more EV charging stations
  • Provide free cool spaces for residents when the temperature is 34C and above, by extending the operating hours of libraries and swimming pools
  • Support heat-resilient infrastructure, including by phasing out synthetic turf and ensuring adequate lighting for after-hours recreational activity
  • Ensure emergency dashboards for communications during natural disaster, and push for Council-led disaster preparedness training
  • Maintain safe evacuations shelters, and advocate for better disaster management resources
  • Push the state government to fully fund disaster preparedness and recovery, rather than passing on costs to Councils and ratepayers



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