Brimbank Councillors recently meet with one of Australia’s leading climate change experts, Professor Ross Garnaut (AC) to discuss local responses to global climate change.
Brimbank Councillors were privileged to recently meet with one of Australia’s leading economists and climate change experts, Professor Ross Garnaut (AC) to discuss local responses to global climate change.
Professor Garnaut is a Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne and renowned author of numerous publications and influential reports to the Australian Government. He has also had longstanding and successful roles as government policy advisor, diplomat and businessman.
Mayor of Brimbank Cr John Hedditch said Council was delighted to hear from a leading expert on climate change and economics and take away key learnings on Council’s role in implementing practical solutions.
“Council was also interested in Professor Garnaut’s advice about how Brimbank Council could play a role in industry development in the emerging renewables sector and work with partners like Victoria University to train our young people to work in this value adding sector.
“This rare visit from distinguished Professor Garnaut gave Council a unique opportunity to discuss climate change and ways to reduce the risks, as well as adapting our City for the well documented impacts of climate change we already face.
“Brimbank is committed to environmental sustainability and mitigating climate change impacts throughout our community. We’re proud to have recently adopted a new Climate Change Adaptation Framework and Environmentally Sustainable Design Framework.
“These guiding frameworks respond to local climate change impacts as well as further reducing resource use and emissions within Council buildings and community facilities.
“Council is responding seriously to sustainability issues and identifying sensible ways to realise efficiency gains and help build a cleaner, greener, better Brimbank.
“We have already seen outstanding results with previous efficiency projects in Council-run buildings and proud to say Council has reduced resource use and costs, significantly.
“Council recently completed the largest energy and greenhouse reduction project ever undertaken in Brimbank. This is the energy efficient street light upgrade program, which is saving ratepayers more than $500,000 in electricity costs each year,” Cr Hedditch said.
Professor Ross Garnaut (AC) said that it was heartening to see Brimbank City Council not shy away from the issue and actively promote sustainability and climate change initiatives.
“I thank Brimbank City Council for inviting me to share my knowledge on climate change and reducing resource use and emissions. I commend the Council on its leadership and drive to make changes in the areas of environment sustainability and climate change.
“It’s important for all levels of government including local government to participate in policy development and implement initiatives and practices to address the ongoing issue of climate change in our communities,” Professor Garnaut said.