Shellharbour City Council commits to tackling climate change

22/08/2018
 
Shellharbour has joined forces with towns across Australia to slash emissions and tackle worsening climate change, as the latest council to join the Cities Power Partnership. 
 
The Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership program is Australia’s largest local government climate network, with more than 70 councils representing over 8 million Australians working together to find local climate solutions.
 
Shellharbour City Mayor Marianne Saliba said that joining the Cities Power Partnership was an important step forward to finding local climate solutions.
 
“Shellharbour has taken the pledge to tackle climate change in our own backyard as part of the Cities Power Partnership,” Cr Saliba said. 
 
“Across Australia, towns and cities, through local governments, are cutting greenhouse gas pollution, switching to clean energy and building resilient communities - and we’re proud to be playing an important part in this mission.”
 
The South Coast area is rapidly becoming a clean energy hotspot. Shellharbour City joins South Coast neighbouring councils Kiama, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley in the Cities Power Partnership. 
 
Climate Change Institute Councillor and internationally renowned climate expert, Professor Will Steffen, welcomed Shellharbour to the partnership and commended the Council for taking positive action.
 
“I would like to congratulate Shellharbour City Council and Mayor Saliba on joining the climate change trailblazers in the Cities Power Partnership, who are shaping the way that Australian communities use and generate energy,” he said.
 
“There are some great clean energy and transport projects coming out of New South Wales and the South Coast, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Shellharbour will bring to the Cities Power Partnership.”
 
Tying in nicely with Council’s signing to the Cities Power Partnership will be a visit by the Tesla Tiny House to the Civic Centre on Friday 24 August from 12pm to 5pm. 
 
The free event provides an opportunity for the community to tour the house and learn how to produce and store energy in their own homes.
 
The community can meet with the Tesla team, Shellharbour City Council’s Environment Team, the Illawarra Alternative Technology Association a local solar and battery installer.
 
About the Cities Power Partnership
The Cities Power Partnership is a free national program created by the Climate Council that celebrates and accelerates the pollution reduction and clean energy successes of Australia in towns and cities.
 
Local governments who join the partnership pledge to take five key actions across renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and working together. Councils determine what these five actions are.
 
Media enquiries
  • For interviews with Mayor Marianne Saliba, call Flora Lepouras on 0421 044 100.
  • For interviews with Professor Will Steffen contact Fiona Ivits, Cities Power Partnership media advisor on 0432 368 714 or fiona@climatecouncil.org.au