Climate Emergency Program

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On 27 March 2019 Bellingen Shire Council declared a climate emergency. The declaration recognises that our Shire is being affected by climate impacts, particularly increasing sea level rise, bushfires, heat waves, severe storms, drought and floods and serves as a call to take urgent action in rapidly reducing our carbon emissions and responding to the threat of climate change.

As part of the declaration Council prepared and adopted three key documents.

Our Climate Emergency Response Framework provides the context for the climate emergency and Council’s overall vision and approach to the crisis.

Read the Climate Emergency Response Framework(PDF, 2MB)

Our Corporate Carbon Plan sets ambitious targets including:

  • 100% renewable energy by 2030
  • 45% emissions reduction by 2030 (based on 2009/10 levels)
  • Net zero emissions by 2040,

and provides a framework of how Council will achieve these targets.

Read the Corporate Carbon Plan(PDF, 3MB)

Our Community Climate Action Plan maps out Shire-wide initiatives taking place to reduce the community’s emissions and adapt to climate change.

Read the Community Climate Action Plan(PDF, 2MB)