Lane Cove Council has become the 50th Australian Council to declare a climate emergency.
Council voted to acknowledge climate change as a threat to the future of our cities, including the Lane Cove Local Government Area (LGA) at its 16 September Meeting.
More than 1000 jurisdictions worldwide have recognised a state of climate emergency that requires immediate action by all levels of government. In Sydney these include North Sydney Council, City of Sydney, City of Ryde and Randwick City Council.
At the meeting, Lane Cove Council agreed to declare its readiness to assist the State Government’s objective of net-zero emissions by 2050 and support policies and programs by the Government that reduce carbon emissions and assist with adapting to climate change in NSW.
"I’m pleased Council has put its support behind addressing climate change and how we can increase resilience to these changes in our environment," Clr Pam Palmer, Mayor of Lane Cove said.
"This is a very serious issue which is gaining increasing attention and we are pleased to be able to take action at a local level," Clr Palmer added.
Council will now write to the Premier of NSW, our Local and Federal members, the NSW Environmental Minister and the Federal Environmental Minister, advising them of Council’s resolution and calling upon them to act accordingly and urgently.
Council staff will this month begin preparing a report which details efforts to reduce carbon emissions that Council and the Lane Cove community are already undertaking and will identify areas which could be improved.
Council is taking steps to measure carbon and water-use baselines for Council operations, as well as business and the community.
Aspirational targets for both community and Council emissions and water-use will be included in the report.
In addition, Council will conduct a review of its current Sustainability Action Plan to include targets established by the baseline report, an emissions reduction pathway strategy and actions which focus on increasing climate change resilience in the LGA.