Denmark Part of Regional Climate Alliance

Published on Monday, 5 July 2021 at 4:25:49 PM

The Shire of Denmark is set to be part of the Regional Climate Alliance following an announcement today of South Coast Alliance’s successful application to the pilot program worth $500,000.

South Coast Alliance (SCA) is a partnership between Shires of Denmark, Jerramungup and Plantagenet, along with the City of Albany, representing a joint commitment towards sustainable development and action on shared climate priorities in the Southern Coastal region of WA.

As part of the Western Australian Climate Policy, the Regional Climate Alliance program provides Local Governments across the State with the opportunity to demonstrate how they plan to work together to achieve positive action on climate. SCA was announced as one of two successful applicants to the pilot program which received a total of eight applications representing 51 regional Western Australian Local Governments.

Denmark Shire President Ceinwen Gearon was delighted with the news.

“This is an amazing outcome for the South Coast Alliance and clearly demonstrates the advantages of collaboration across our traditional municipal boundaries,” Cr Gearon said. “This Regional Climate Alliance pilot program will provide these four Local Government authorities with the opportunity to pool efforts and to reduce the duplication of efforts.”

The SCA application to the program impressed the judging panel with a strong demonstration of the Alliance’s capacity to address climate action a regional scale, pledging to undertake projects that reduce emissions from fleet vehicles and waste, as well as improving bushfire preparedness and management.

The pledge made collectively by SCA aligns closely with the Shire of Denmark Sustainability Strategy which was formally endorsed by Council in March 2021.

Sustainability Strategy Working Group chairperson and Shire of Denmark Councillor Jan Lewis said she was excited by the possibility of fast tracking some key objectives outlined in the Shire’s Sustainability Strategy.

“I’m excited that our regional partnership has been given this opportunity to work together to reduce our impact on the planet,” Cr Lewis said. “It will allow us to fast track some of the actions in our Sustainability Strategy and to share our vision for a more sustainable future with our neighbouring communities.”

The Regional Climate Alliance program is overseen by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in partnership with the Western Australian Local Government Association.


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