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Local Government Policy Manual

Statement: Local government acknowledges that it has a shared responsibility for safeguarding communities against the adverse impacts of climate change, and will collaborate with federal and state governments, communities and business/ industry to identify and implement measures to prepare and protect communities from these impacts.

4.4.1 Partnerships

Local government accepts that negative impacts from climate change are inevitable, and that building resilience to these impacts is a joint responsibility. Councils shall continue to be key partners in delivering a strategic response to climate risks, recognising obligations of other parties.

4.4.2 Funding and Strategic Investment

Building resilience to climate impacts will require significant funding and investment, both now and into the future. Councils shall continue to provide equitable levels of funding and investment, recognising it is incumbent on federal and state governments to subsidise the majority of expenditure required.

4.4.3 Embedding Climate Considerations

Climate risk and vulnerability assessments are vital in identifying climate impacts and determining appropriate actions. Councils shall ensure assessments are conducted with full consideration of available relevant information as part of all council strategic and operational planning processes across all functions and services.

4.4.5 Decision Making

Local government understands that decisions made by councils must take account of all currently available climate data. Councils shall expand their knowledge base (such as development, tree management, coastal management) to ensure they are ‘best informed to make well-rounded decisions’ (LGMLS).

4.4.6 Consultation and Engagement

Tackling the impacts of climate change will require a societal shift in values. Councils should not solely rely on scientific/expert input, science and data when making decisions relating to climate change, but will also place emphasis on the outcomes of stakeholder and public consultation.

4.4.7 Energy Reduction and Storage

Reduction and storage technology costs have dramatically decreased resulting in short pay-back periods. Councils should undertake audits of facilities and practices that are energy intensive, and seek to reduce energy usage through installation of energy reduction and storage technologies.

4.4.8 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Mechanisms

There were significant environmental benefits to the carbon pricing scheme that was in effect from 2012-14 without causing detrimental effects on the economy. Local government supports the reintroduction of carbon pricing as an equitable means of reducing carbon emissions.

4.4.9 Integrity

Local Government supports the Paris Agreement (2016) and the Kyoto Protocol (2005) for the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions and shall contribute towards the commitments made by the federal government to achieve national carbon emission reduction targets.

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