Individuals, businesses and government must work together to meet the challenges of climate change. The best place to start is in your own street, in your own community.
The Council Plan recognises that East Gippsland Shire is vulnerable to coastal hazards, inundation, fire and extreme natural events and climate change has potential to increase our vulnerability. Work is continuing to understand the nature and extent of future impacts on communities. Council is committed to assisting communities to adapt to future conditions in a planned way.
We have undertaken Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership projects by partnering with the state government to increase resilience and reduce risk from climate change.
The latest Victorian Climate Projections 2019 by CSIRO and DELWP were released in October 2019. The data covers Victoria at a 5km by 5km scale, and includes a range of variables such as average and extreme temperature and rainfall, relative humidity, evaporation and fire weather out to 2090 for moderate and high greenhouse gas emissions scenarios.
Gippsland faces a number of varying climate risks including:
Climate Ready Victoria has information and resources, including predicted local impacts detailed in the Gippsland Climate Ready brochure.
For East Gippsland this booklet has been developed for homeowners, businesses and residents. It summaries the existing large volume of information into the most relevant risks and actions that can be undertaken.
For the first time there is a community emissions profile for East Gippsland.
The Snapshot community climate tool developed by Beyond Zero Emissions and Ironbark Sustainability is the first national tool with data at the municipality level. All local profiles together add up to the national emissions total, meaning that no emissions go unaccounted for. While East Gippsland Shire Council undertakes corporate emissions monitoring from their own operations, the Snapshot website outlines emissions from the whole community. Here is emissions profile for East Gippsland.
East Gippsland Shire Council has made the following TAKE2 pledge:
“East Gippsland Shire Council is committed to tackling climate change. We have a role in maintaining, protecting and enhancing the regions environment. We do this by using our resources more efficiently, by reducing our everyday impacts, planning for changing conditions and encouraging the people of East Gippsland to do the same”.
More information about what Council has been doing to combat climate change and reduce emissions can be found on the Bright Futures Your Say website.
East Gippsland Shire Council has undertaken a $3.12 million energy efficiency project after it secured more than $1.8 million in Commonwealth Government Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) funding and contributed $1.3 million. The money was used to cut electricity costs and reduce carbon emissions through the Bright Futures program. Over the past 6 years over $1.04 million has been saved in energy and maintenance costs, and over 6,600 tonnes of CO2.
Latest technologies are being installed to help create a Bright Future in the region, with electrical infrastructure upgraded to make it more efficient and cost effective. Watch the Lakes Entrance Aquadome summary video. Stage two of Bright Futures investigated how Council could support renewable energy uptake in the community and has more information on a dedicated Your Say Bright Futures Renewable Energy page.
Council’s carbon footprint has been reduced by over 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year while utility costs have been greatly reduced. Projects funded by the CEEP grant include:
Funding was from the Australian Government as part of the Community Energy Efficiency Program.