Friday, June 21, 2024

Sunraysia seeks feedback on region’s first climate plan

Sunraysia residents are invited to provide their feedback on the region’s first ever Community Climate Response Plan.

The draft plan focuses on 30 community actions across themes including health, waste, farming, education, natural environment and urban environment, all aimed at mitigating or adapting to climate change, Mildura Rural City Council said in a statement.

Councillor for Environment and Sustainability, Jason Modica said the actions were developed in close consultation with the community throughout 2022.

“I’d like to thank our community for their input so far, which was collected through a series of workshops and a survey last year. This has been invaluable in shaping the draft plan,” Cr Modica said.

“These actions, which include short, medium and long-term goals, involve partnerships with groups including farming representative bodies, businesses, community groups and the education and health sectors.”

Developed by Council’s Climate Emergency Community Advisory Group, the draft plan contains actions including:

  • Advocating for affordable home heating/cooling solutions and solar power;
  • Establishing a Repair Café where volunteers help repair items to reduce landfill waste;
  • Encouraging farm electrification through Environmental Upgrade Finance;
  • Providing educational opportunities through public art, murals, and labelled bins at events;
  • Developing and promoting community-led initiatives to control and manage invasive species, protecting native ecosystems;
  • Encouraging home and business owners to install LED lighting and energy-efficient appliances.

Feedback can be provided until Friday, 6 October.

The draft Community Climate Response Plan 2023-2028 is available to view and provide comment on at

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