Town asks for community’s thoughts on draft Climate Emergency Plan

Published on 18 February 2021

Climate Emergency Plan

To reduce the effects of climate change, the Town of Victoria Park has created a draft Climate Emergency Plan and is asking for the community to give their feedback before it is adopted by Council.

In August 2018 Council declared a climate emergency for the Town and requested an action plan in line with WALGA’s policy statement on climate change. The draft Climate Emergency Plan has been developed with the understanding of the need to reduce carbon emissions locally and to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change for residents and the environment.

The plan commits the Town to ambitious actions that it can take to reduce its own emissions and support the community who wish to do the same. The key objectives of the draft plan are:

  • Achieve a zero-carbon target for emissions generated by the Town of Victoria Park by 2030.
  • Achieve at least 40% emissions reduction through direct action (i.e. not through carbon offsets).
  • Support the community and businesses in working towards their own zero-carbon target.
  • Improve the resilience of the Town in responding to immediate climate change impacts.

The Town’s carbon emissions have been estimated at 23,799 tonnes per year. Of this, 85% was waste that was collected and 10.6% was Council facilities.

“Climate change is an immediate threat to our planet. 2015 to 2019 was the warmest five-year period on record according to the World Meteorological Organisation. This plan will give a clear way forward for the Town to reduce its carbon footprint and hopefully inspire residents and businesses to do the same,” said Mayor Karen Vernon.

“I encourage everyone to read the draft plan and submit your feedback. Climate change affects all of us and together we can be part of the solution. That is why it’s important to have your say on how the Town manages its response.”

To read the draft plan and to give your feedback, head to yourthoughts.victoriapark.wa.gov.au. Copies are also available from Town administration and the library. Consultation closes 5pm, 21 March.