At its meeting on 23 August, Council endorsed the Draft Climate Emergency Plan 2022-2032 for public exhibition commencing 25 August 2022. Submissions on the Draft Strategy will closed at 5pm, Thursday 22 September, 2022.
In July 2021, Golden Plains Shire Council declared a Climate Emergency, a resolution for immediate and urgent action to reverse global warming and adapt to changes that society cannot avoid. As part of this resolution, Council committed to preparing a Climate Emergency Plan to put the declaration’s words into actions.
Following community consultation undertaken earlier this year, Council has developed the Draft Climate Emergency Plan 2022-2032 (Draft Plan), and at the 23 August Council Meeting, Council endorsed the Draft Plan to be placed on public exhibition.
The development of the Draft Plan was informed by engagement with the Golden Plains Shire community, the Wadawurrung Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation, neighbouring Councils, relevant stakeholders, Council staff and Councillors. Aligning with objectives outlined under the theme of Sustainability in the Council Plan 2021-2025 and in Council’s Environment Strategy 2019-2027, the Draft plan highlights the strong imperative for Council to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Providing context to the current and future impacts of climate change on Golden Plains Shire, the document will guide the work of Council to mitigate, adapt and respond to climate change in Shire over the next ten years.
The Draft Plan outlines 48 actions for Council to undertake across five themes: embedding climate action in Council; resilient and adaptive communities; caring for the land; climate adaptive development; and sustainable transport and travel. The Draft Plan sets timeframes for Council implementation and outlines the communication, monitoring, review and evaluation of the proposed plan.
Following endorsement by Council at its August meeting, the Draft Climate Emergency Plan 2022-2032 was on public exhibition from Thursday 25 August to Thursday 22 September. The Draft Plan is available to read above, or hard copies are available at Council's Customer Hubs at 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn and 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale.
What Happens Next
Council will consider all community feedback provided on the Draft Golden Plains Climate Emergency Plan 2022-2026 during the public exhibition period, with the final Golden Plains Climate Emergency Plan 2022-2032, to be presented for adoption by Council at its October 2022 meeting.
Wednesday 2 March
Community survey opened
Saturday 5 March
Climate Emergency Drop-in Session at the Golden Plains Farmers' Market
Thursday 17 March
Climate Emergency Plan Workshop: 5:30 to7:30pm to be held online via Zoom.
Saturday 19 March
Climate Emergency Drop-in Session at the Smythesdale Country Market
Wednesday 23 March
Climate Emergency Plan Workshop: 6 to 8pm at The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale
Thursday 31 March
Climate Emergency Plan Workshop: 6 to 8pm at Teesdale Community Hall, Shelford-Bannockburn Road, Teesdale
Saturday 2 April
Climate Emergency Plan Workshop: 12 to 2pm at Dereel Soldier’s Memorial Hall, 14 Swamp Road, Dereel
Wednesday 6 April
Community survey closed
Tuesday 23 August
Draft Climate Emergency Plan endorsed by for public exhibition
Thursday 25 August
Public exhibition on the Draft Plan opens
Thursday 22 September
Public exhibition on the Draft Plan closes
Tuesday 25 October 2022
Final Climate Emergency Plan considered for adoption by Council