Council calls for community input to Peninsula’s Climate Emergency

Published on 17 October 2019

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17 October 2019

Mornington Peninsula Shire is developing a Climate Emergency Plan to guide Council’s next steps following the climate emergency declaration on 13 August.

The Shire is now inviting community input, feedback and ideas via an online survey to help develop a Climate Emergency Plan for the Peninsula.

A Climate Emergency is a resolution for immediate and urgent action to reverse global warming. It is an unequivocal statement that it is the responsibility of every level of government, every community and business, and every person to:

  • Reduce emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change
  • Plan to adapt to the changes that cannot be avoided

Shire Mayor David Gill said the Climate Emergency declaration will be backed by action and real outcomes for the Peninsula community.

“This declaration is not just lip service, Council will develop a meaningful Climate Emergency Plan to guide the Climate Emergency response.

“Communities around the globe are taking action on this serious issue and we aren’t shying away from the responsibility we have as community leaders.

“We need all levels of government to act and, as the conduit between local community and government, we’re making sure the Peninsula’s message is heard all the way to the top.

“We’re calling on the community to provide input, feedback and ideas that will help develop the Plan, which will include a range of climate change actions to guide all Shire operations as well as advocating to state and federal government and supporting community action.

“I encourage everyone in our community to learn more about what’s happening to our planet and contribute to the plan via our survey”, concluded Cr Gill.

A draft plan will be prepared for Council review by February 2020 and is expected to be made available for public exhibition in May 2020.

The Climate Emergency Plan will focus on seven key areas including:

  • Energy Transition
  • Zero Emissions Transport
  • Circular Economy and Zero Waste
  • Sustainable Farming
  • Natural Environment and Sequestration
  • Resilient Mornington Peninsula
  • Climate Emergency Mobilisation and Leadership

You can find more detailed information at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/climateemergency

The survey is open until 5pm Sunday 3 November 2019.

Keep an eye out for the Shire’s Climate Emergency pop ups at your local market or shopping centre where you will be able to complete the survey and share your climate message.

Saturday 19 October
9 – 11am
Emu Plains Market
Emu Plains Reserve, Balnarring
 
Saturday 19 October
1-3 pm
Rosebud Plaza
Boneo Rd &, McCombe St, Rosebud
 
Wednesday 23 October
11am – 1pm
Mornington Main Street Market
Main Street, Mornington 

HOW TO HAVE YOUR SAY
Online
Provide your feedback online, and respond to our Climate Emergency survey at mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay 

Documents will also be available to read in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings.

Email
Email your submission with the subject line “Climate Emergency Plan” to: haveyoursay@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Post
Attention: Climate Change, Energy and Water
Re: Climate Emergency Plan
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Private Bag 1000, Rosebud VIC 3939

Social Media
Help spread the word by sharing your climate message and tagging @mornpenshire on Facebook or @ourpeninsula on Instagram.

Community consultation closes 5pm 3 November 2019.

PHOTO CAPTION Back (L – R): Nepean Ward Councillors Bryan Payne and Hugh Fraser. FRONT (L – R): Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper, Briars Ward Councillor Rosie Clark and Mayor David Gill with their Climate Emergency messages. 

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