WA Councils Leading Emissions Reductions

Published on Thursday, 17 November 2022 at 3:59:57 PM


 Town of Bassendean has come together with 25 other West Australian councils to discuss the opportunities for local government to act on climate change and capitalise on the benefits of the state’s emerging clean economy.

 Council representatives spent the full day on November 4th in Perth taking part in workshops, panel discussions, and case studies, hearing from experts in the fields of climate science, sustainable design, energy and collaboration.

 The event, Delivering WA’s Local Climate Opportunities, was organised by the Cities Power Partnership, a free program that supports Australian local governments on their journey to net zero emissions. A large part of their work involves facilitating collaboration opportunities between  councils.

Town of Bassendean Deputy Mayor Renée McLennan participated in a panel discussion alongside Professor Peter Newman and Professor Josh Byrne, discussing the important role that local government has to play in delivering climate solutions and sharing some of the great work that is happening in the Bassendean community.

 Cr McLennan spoke about the influence local government can have on building a more sustainable future including planning green, liveable communities, using policy levers to deliver more energy efficient buildings, implementing FOGO collection as part of waste management, facilitating the decarbonisation of communities and transition to household electrification as well as building resilience to climate change.

 Dr Portia Odell, Director of the Cities Power Partnership, said that West Australian councils are increasingly stepping up to lead on climate change action to set their communities up for a prosperous future. 

“Collaboration and knowledge-sharing events like these demonstrate West Australian councils’ desire to work together to significantly reduce emissions this decade, which is what the science tells us we need to do,” said Dr Odell, who holds a doctorate from Curtin University’s Sustainability Institute.

The Cities Power Partnership currently has 33 member councils across Western Australia and 175 member councils nationally.

 To arrange an interview with the Cities Power Partnership or for more information contact Hannah Clayton on hannah.clayton@climatecouncil.org.au or 0434 269 048





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