The new Local Government Act now requires councils to consider mitigation and planning for climate change risks as part of Council's overarching governance principles.
Mansfield Shire Council is now inviting members of the community to provide input into the development of Council’s Climate Action Plan.
The need for a Climate Action Plan was a key action in Council’s Environment Strategy which was adopted by Council in 2019, and was developed with significant community input.
Over the coming months Council would like to hear from all parts of our community about what role the Council could play in addressing climate change. We are seeking your help, such as feedback on ways Council can reduce carbon emissions produced through its operations, and importantly, lower costs.
“This is an opportunity for the community to be involved with developing a plan which is achievable, affordable and practical,” said Mayor Mark Holcombe.
“We want people to tell us what they support or don’t support, and what they can and can’t do, to act against climate change; so the plan can be tailored specifically to our shire,” he explained.
Council is collaborating with climate change experts Ironbark Sustainability who have developed similar plans towards emissions reduction for corporate and community operations with numerous councils across Victoria. The Climate Action plan will cost $25K and is being entirely funded through Bushfire Recovery funding.
Working documents, timelines and the opportunity to provide written feedback for the Climate Action Plan project will be available on the Have your Say section of Council’s website.