Golden Plains Shire Council is seeking community feedback to help shape the development of the Golden Plains Climate Emergency Plan 2022-2032.

Council is beginning the development of its Golden Plains Climate Emergency Plan 2022-2032 (the Plan), which will detail actions both Council and the community can take to mitigate, adapt and respond to climate change in the Shire. The Plan will examine climate change in the Shire, including extreme weather events such as increased frequency of storms, bushfires and heatwaves, and address the flow on impacts these changes have on infrastructure, the natural environment and the mental and physical health of the community. 

The Plan will take a collaborative approach to create a climate positive future for Golden Plains Shire and Council is committed to ensuring the community’s voice is heard and reflected in the Plan. As part of the development of the Plan, Council is seeking feedback on the community vision and how Council can best support communities to respond to climate changes. 

The Climate Emergency Plan Survey is open from Wednesday 2 March to Wednesday 6 April. The survey can be completed online at Council’s website here or pick up a printed copy at Council’s Customer Service Centres, 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn and 19 Heales Street, Smythesedale. Completed paper surveys may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to: Golden Plains Shire Council, PO Box 111, Bannockburn, VIC, 3331, marked ‘Attention: Climate Emergency Plan Survey’.

Council will hold one online and three in-person Climate Emergency Workshops, with community members encouraged to participate and share their ideas and vision for the Plan. Climate Emergency Plan Workshops will be held on Saturday 12 March from 12 to 2pm at the Dereel Soldiers Memorial Hall, 14 Swamp Road, Dereel; Thursday 17 March from 5.30 to 6.30pm to held online via Zoom; Wednesday 23 March from 6 to 8pm at the Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale; and Thursday 31 March from 6 to 8pm at the Teesdale Community Hall, Shelford-Bannockburn Road, Teesdale.

Council Officers will also be attending the Golden Plains Farmers’ Market at the corner of Milton and High Streets, Bannockburn on Saturday 5 March and the Smythesdale Country Market at the Smythesdale Green on Saturday 19 March, to discuss the development of the Plan with residents.

Mayor Cr Gavin Gamble says Council is committed to tackling the growing climate emergency and encouraged Golden Plains residents to have their say on the development of the Climate Emergency Plan 2022-2032.

“When Council declared a climate emergency in July 2021, we made a commitment to ensure that our acknowledgment of the climate crisis and the development of the Climate Emergency Plan 2022-2032 is the next vital step in putting the declaration’s words into actions.

“Local governments play a crucial role in helping communities and the environment thrive in a safe climate, now and for future generations. Through the development of the Climate Emergency Plan, Council has the opportunity to be innovative and collaborative, and undertake direct action to combat climate change at the grassroots level.

“Golden Plains Shire Council cares about our environment and people.  We have made a commitment to doing our part in tackling the climate emergency. The Plan is an important step in our response in terms of both mitigation and adaptation in Golden Plains Shire. Council is looking forward to listening to community members who take this opportunity to help create change through participation in the development of our Climate Emergency Plan.”

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