Have Your Say on Bellingen Shire’s Community Climate Action Plan

Published on 29 April 2022


Recent reports of the International Climate Change Panel on the Physical Science Basis of Climate Change and on its impacts, adaptation and vulnerability tell us that the impacts of climate change are accelerating. There is now a critical window of opportunity for communities around the world to mitigate global carbon emissions and to adapt to the increasing climate risks ahead.

In March 2019, the Bellingen Shire Council declared a climate emergency and set out its response to the emergency in its Climate Emergency Response Framework (CERF) and Corporate Carbon Plan. The CERF made a strong commitment to work in partnership with our community to develop a plan to reduce our Shire’s carbon emissions and to support climate adaptation actions.

We’ve been listening to our community on climate change and we recently asked you to tell us about the impacts it is having on you and our Shire. We’ve also brought together over 30 leaders of community and environmental groups from across our Shire to develop a community-led action plan. The draft Community Climate Action Plan presents a wide range of ambitious climate adaptation and mitigation actions. It sets a pathway that guides our community’s transition to a net zero emissions world and to building our resilience to a changing climate.

We’re now asking our community for their thoughts on the draft Community Climate Action Plan to make sure it reflects everyone’s views on how our community should respond to the climate emergency. We’d especially love to hear your views on the climate actions proposed by our community leaders and your ideas on the setting of community carbon emission reduction targets.

You can view the Community Climate Action Plan at: https://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/files/assets/public/files/climate-action-plan-draft.pdf and you can have your say on the Community Climate Action Plan here .

Hard copies are also available for viewing at Council’s Customer Service Centre and libraries.


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