Less than three months after the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s declaration of a climate emergency, the Victorian Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee has visited the Peninsula to further the effort of its inquiry into tackling climate change in Victorian communities.
It was on Thursday, November 7, that committee members met Cr Simon Brooks, CEO John Baker, former mayor David Gill and senior Shire staff. During this meeting they were educated more about what the council is doing and how the community of the Mornington Peninsula can be supported during the climate crisis.
“Council and community have been working together for several decades to raise awareness of climate change and empower the Peninsula to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change,” Cr Gill said, adding he was excited to see Parliament taking a strong interest in what the council and the community were saying about climate change.
The committee toured the council’s Eco Living Display Centre at The Briars. It was here that Mr Baker joined senior council staff to present the committee with substantial project opportunities for investment in climate solutions. These projects included initiatives to launch sustainable transport options for the Peninsula, among them the council’s Better Buses campaign and the potential trial of electric buses. An idea was floated to help drought-proof the Peninsula by using high-quality recycled water from the South Eastern Outfall pipeline. This included the supply of reasonably priced and dependable water for the Shire’s farming community. Another initiative was improving the affordability of recycled products in order to make zero waste a reality.
“Our recent climate emergency community survey results show that 65 per cent of respondents want council to set a target that aligns with the worldwide climate change expert advice of net zero emissions by 2030,” Cr Gill said. “The results also indicate that responders have prioritised sustainable farming, the circular economy, zero waste and energy transition as the top delivery areas for council.”
The Shire thanked the committee for stopping by the Peninsula and urged it to contemplate the recommendations presented to the State Government for tangible projects to be funded. Additionally, the Shire urged the Government to encourage the Federal Government for the development of a national strategy to progress the energy performance of all Australian homes and to take greater action on climate change immediately.
To discover more about what the Shire is initiating to take on climate change and find out what you can do to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change, visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/climatechange