Climate Change

What we are asking

  • State and Federal governments to legislate for a net zero emissions target by 2040.
  • State government to provide a 25% increase in the Household Energy Savings package, with specific programs to support low-income households.
  • State government to extend the Solar Victoria rebate to include community groups and tenants of Council owned buildings.
  • Federal government to urgently introduce National Vehicle Emissions Standards in line with the rest of the developed world.
  • State government to allocate $20 million to the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCCA) region for the installation of an Electric vehicle charging network.

Why this is important

The impacts of climate change are already being felt, most recently illustrated by the 2019/20 bushfires and the extensive floods across eastern Australia (2021 and 2022). On the Peninsula, the increased frequency and intensity of storms has resulted in costly storm damage in October 2021, resulting in significant economic and social disruption.

The Peninsula experiences higher than average levels of disadvantage, making many at greater risk of climate change impacts. 22% of households fall within the bottom 20% of Australian incomes. 1 in 5 Peninsula residents live with a disability, 28.4% have two or more chronic diseases and 26.9% of our residents live alone.