Climate Emergency Action Plan

Mitchell Shire Council has acknowledged we are facing a climate emergency. Climate change is already impacting our natural and built environments, our health, and local economy, and requires an immediate and urgent response.

‘Climate Action’ was identified by our community as one of the six key themes of our 2050 Community Vision.

It's important we all work together – Council, the community, schools, business and industry – to take action to address the impacts of climate change and work towards a safer and more sustainable future. We know that a business-as-usual approach cannot continue, we need transformational change and we need it now.

While Council has been making great progress in our sustainability and emissions reduction efforts, it is time to step these up, both internally and in how we support the community.

To do this we have committed to developing a Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP) and we need your help. The CEAP will include actions that Council will take to respond to the climate emergency, actions that the community can take to achieve an agreed net zero emissions target, and how Council can support the community to do so.

By working together to respond to the climate emergency we can build a safe, prosperous, and sustainable Mitchell for all.

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Mitchell Shire Council has acknowledged we are facing a climate emergency. Climate change is already impacting our natural and built environments, our health, and local economy, and requires an immediate and urgent response.

‘Climate Action’ was identified by our community as one of the six key themes of our 2050 Community Vision.

It's important we all work together – Council, the community, schools, business and industry – to take action to address the impacts of climate change and work towards a safer and more sustainable future. We know that a business-as-usual approach cannot continue, we need transformational change and we need it now.

While Council has been making great progress in our sustainability and emissions reduction efforts, it is time to step these up, both internally and in how we support the community.

To do this we have committed to developing a Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP) and we need your help. The CEAP will include actions that Council will take to respond to the climate emergency, actions that the community can take to achieve an agreed net zero emissions target, and how Council can support the community to do so.

By working together to respond to the climate emergency we can build a safe, prosperous, and sustainable Mitchell for all.

SURVEY OPEN IN FEBRUARY

  • We recognise the significant expertise and goodwill within our communities, and that we need to develop our climate response together. We are inviting members of the public to join us in a reference group to help develop our Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP). To be eligible, the nominee must be a resident, work, study, volunteer, or own a business in the municipality and will be required to complete the short questionnaire below.   


    We are looking for Shire community members who understand the challenges posed by climate change and would like to contribute to our Shire’s climate response. We’d love to hear from a broad range of people so encourage anyone to apply.  


    The role of the Committee will be to:  

    • Attend meetings and actively participate throughout the process;   

    • Represent the diverse views and needs of Mitchell Shire community members regarding the climate emergency;   

    • Identify high level strategic direction, opportunities, and goals that will address the climate emergency, which can be implemented practically;   

    • Assist in the development of the draft Climate Emergency Action Plan that will be presented to Council and the community;  

    • Review reports and feedback following community engagement to further inform the Climate Emergency Action Plan; and  

    • Assist with engagement of the wider community on the draft Climate Emergency Action Plan. 


    Members are not expected to be climate experts and will be supported with up-to-date information and briefing papers throughout the process to ensure they feel appropriately informed.  


    Membership  

    Members will be independently selected to be representative of the community in terms of their understanding of the climate emergency and links to the community, with consideration given to specific characteristics for representation such as age, gender and membership of targeted or general community groups. The Group will include approximately 12 people.  

    Membership will comprise:   

    • Councillor/s (1-2)  

    • Community representatives (6-7)   

    • MEAC representative  

    • Youth Councillor  

    • Council Staff/Consultants (2)   


    Meetings  

    • It is anticipated that 5 scheduled meetings will be required for the duration of the project to develop the Climate Emergency Action Plan (December – July, not exceeding, 12 months).  

    • Meetings will be held both in-person and online at locations determined by the Group 

    • Minutes will be circulated to all members.  

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