Plans for an Australia-first carbon neutral all electric aquatic centre, and 100% renewable electricity powering Brimbank’s buildings are among the achievements of the Brimbank Climate Emergency Plan, one year down the track.
Council adopted the Brimbank Climate Emergency Plan 2020-2025 last year, and its first annual report was presented at the 21 September 2021 Council Meeting.
Achievements over the past 12 months towards a sustainable Brimbank include Council signing a 10-year contract to provide 100% renewable electricity to Council’s buildings and facilities, park upgrades to create greener and cooler public spaces, tree planting to increase tree canopy, water sensitive urban design features, and a highlight – plans to make the Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre all electric powered – with an Australia-first electric heat-pump heating and cooling system.
The Climate Emergency Plan outlines a range of commitments aimed towards achieving Council’s ambitious target of zero-net emissions in its own operations by 2030, and to lead the municipality to achieve a resilient, zero-net emissions community by 2040.
The Report Card highlights the core task at hand to reduce emissions: We must ‘electrify everything’, and use 100% renewable clean electricity for all our energy needs.
Council’s 2021-2022 Annual Budget includes $31.17 million worth of spending on sustainability projects. The spending includes:
- A carbon neutral Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre - $5.6M
- Carbon neutral renewable electricity supply for all Council buildings, facilities and streetlights – $1.6M
- Park upgrades - $7.3M
- Tree planting - $2M
- Bike, pedestrian, shared user pathways - $3.6M
- Street lighting upgrade - $1.2M
Quotes to be attributed to Brimbank Mayor Cr Ranka Rasic:
“This is a big spend for a big concern that requires urgent action.
“One year into Brimbank’s Climate Emergency Plan and there should be no doubt that Brimbank Council is committed to taking bold and decisive action where necessary to protect our environment today and for future generations.
“Climate change is an immediate, real, all-encompassing threat to our community, and an appropriate science-based, coordinated, public policy response is the only responsible course of action.
“Council’s declaration of an ecological and climate emergency was a bold but necessary action that sees socially just climate action as necessary to be undertaken at scale and at speed.”