Strathbogie Shire Council was one of 35 councils in Australia to join the Cities Power Partnership (CPP) at the official launch last month.
The CPP is a national program of the Climate Council created to accelerate, celebrate and promote local government successes in achieving carbon emission reductions and facilitating the transition towards a clean energy future.
Through the partnership, each council commits to five action items with the aim of reducing carbon emissions and increasing renewable energy capacity in their area.
Council’s actions will come from their Sustainable Strathbogie 2030 strategy, as part of the new council plan and budget, and will particularly focus on protection of native vegetation and exploring renewable energy options.
Council has already got some exciting initiatives under way, including the Bogie Bulk Buy program, and the construction of a six-bay Tesla Supercharger station at the Kirkland Ave carpark.
‘‘Joining the CPP provides a unique opportunity for our council to have national voice on the issue of climate change and represent rural communities who so directly feel its impact,’’ Mayor Amanda McClaren said.
‘‘We are so pleased to be a part of such a positive partnership and a great opportunity to gather with forward-thinking councils to share ideas and enthusiasm for this issue.’’