Major national climate summit to talk building bushfire resilient communities
Noosa Council has been selected as the host for a major national climate summit taking place in October 2020.
Transforming Australia 2020, run by the Cities Power Partnership, Australia’s largest local government climate alliance, will draw together council, industry and community leaders in Noosa from 28-30 October 2020 to develop regional climate and energy solutions.
Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington, said that his council is honoured to be hosting the summit, which will address the climate impacts facing many Australian communities. “Noosa was the first Queensland council to declare a climate emergency,” Tony said.
“We have set an ambitious net zero emissions goal of 2026. We’ve installed over a thousand solar panels, including what I am told is a national first – flexible panels on a curved roof. Meanwhile, we’re reducing landfill emissions and beavering away at all those other essential actions that propel us towards our goal.”
“We look forward to hosting local government leaders from around the country. When it comes to coping with the impacts of climate change, we’re all in this together. And so it’s together that we must develop bold climate and energy solutions. As the Dalai Lama said, if you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
Transforming Australia 2020 will see government and community leaders join forces with industry to develop and accelerate the big ideas and solutions that are revolutionising Australia’s approach to energy and climate change.
The Summit will cover current issues including getting a community to net-zero emissions, investing in large-scale renewable energy, building bushfire resilient communities and developing sustainable transport networks.
Participants will have the opportunity to visit local climate projects, including the award-winning Sunshine Coast Solar Farm, a 15MW solar installation owned by Summit partner Sunshine Coast Council.
The pre-conference tour, showcasing some of the region’s groundbreaking sustainability and energy projects, will show Summit delegates from around the country how the Sunshine Coast is working to become one of Australia’s most sustainable regions.
David Craven director of the Cities Power Partnership said that last year’s summit was a huge success that initiated new council collaborations on renewable energy and sustainable transport projects.
“After the success of the last Cities Power Partnership summit, we’re excited to drawing local government powerhouses together once more in Noosa to accelerate Australia’s climate and energy transformation,” he said. “Local governments are fast emerging as a major part of Australia’s climate solution.