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Local Government & Climate Change Survey 2017 Update and Preliminary Results - Circular 51.6

To Chief Executive Officer
Elected Members
Environment Staff
Policy and Strategic Planning Staff
Recycling - Waste Management
Sustainability Officers
Date 15 December 2017
Contact Stephen Smith
Email: stephen.smith@lga.sa.gov.au
Response Required Yes Respond By 31 December 2017
Summary The most comprehensive local government and climate change survey Australian councils and communities have ever witnessed is still open and ICLEI Oceania, BZE and Ironbark are putting a reminder call out for councils and communities participate, contribute and win an iPad.

The most comprehensive local government and climate change survey Australian councils and communities have ever witnessed is still open and ICLEI Oceania, BZE and Ironbark are putting a reminder call out for councils and communities participate, contribute and win an iPad. 

Take me straight to the survey

We know this is longer than most surveys but we don’t ask these questions often. You may need 20-25m if you can answer all the questions. If you can't answer them all then it's OK to skip questions and it won't take as long. But it’s also a really important survey and already the data is showing some interesting trends and highlights:

  • 66% of councils have a baseline corporate greenhouse gas inventory
  • 26% of councils have a baseline community-wide greenhouse gas profile 
  • 49% of councils have a reduction target for council operations
  • 47% of those councils have zero net emissions or "carbon neutral" targets
  • 42% of councils have an adaptation plan or strategy and anther 32% intend to develop one

We have a lot more information and analysis to come. And we want to add to this and make it more robust, so please fill out the survey and/or pass it round to your networks. 

If you do fill it out the survey then not only will you receive the final report but we’ll also provide you with a snapshot of councils in your state. These will only be provided to councils that complete the survey. No complete survey means no report. Put some of your time in and get something back.

Also you can win a new iPad Mini 4 worth $579. Actually you have fairly good chance of winning an iPad. Even if every council in Australia completed the survey you’d have a 1 in 537 chance of winning. If half the councils in Australia complete the survey (which would be a great outcome) you’d have a 1 in 268 chance of winning. If a third complete it then you have a better than 1 in 180 chance... you get the picture.

So come on, please jump on and complete what you can - the results will be used to assist and inform the sector - think robust data to back up advocacy for resources and funds; compelling analysis and conclusions that can be used to support internal budget bids and benchmarking with other councils in your region, state or the country that can be used to promote action at your council or community.

 

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