Shire will attend climate change conference in Germany

Published on 13 October 2017

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council endorsed Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks to attend the leading conference on climate change at its 10 October Council meeting.

Councillor Brooks will pay his own way to attend Bonn COP23 in Germany in November.

“One of my key objectives when running for Council was to advocate for our efforts on climate change. I have an appreciation of the groundwork done by previous Councillors and ongoing action by our officers in this regard. I firmly believe my attendance at COP23 will build on this knowledge and add impetus to our efforts.

“We have a carbon neutral policy to be achieved by 2021…To keep the momentum up and bring in ideas and knowledge from outside of our Shire, I believe in this strongly enough to fund the conference attendance myself,” Councillor Brooks said.

As one of the leading Councils in Australia to develop pro-active response to the challenges of climate change, Bonn COP23 provides delegates with the opportunity to explore new ways in which local government can respond to the challenges of climate change.

Councillor Brooks said that “the experience of attending Bonn23 will influence the Shire’s approach to climate change issues and look at ways in which local government responds to the challenges of delivering services effectively as well as responding to global challenges and targets.”

The Shire’s CEO, Carl Cowie, also will attend the Bonn23 Conference as well as spend three days in Stockholm Sweden to review renewable energy sites and attend the 2017 Commonwealth Local Government Conference in Malta. Funding for his trip will come out of his $30,000 Study Tour allowance approved by the Council last year.

“The experience of attending these conferences will influence the Shire’s approach to climate change issues and explore innovative ways in which local government is responding to the challenges of delivering services effectively as well as responding to global challenges and targets,” Mr Cowie said.

This year’s attendance follows on from the Shire taking part at the Paris COP21 in 2015 where we became one of only two local governments to be selected to the Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change by pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, tracking their progress and preparing for the impacts of climate change.