requested the City develop a Sustainability Framework, that seeks to identify
potential ways to take further action on the impacts of climate change in the
Greater Geelong region.
Council has passed an amended notice of
motion acknowledging that, “climate change poses a risk to the people of
Geelong and Australia, and requires a genuine and coordinated response”.
The amended motion provided a range of directions, including:
- Requesting management immediately prioritise
developing a Sustainability Framework, with implementation plans and a
performance measurement program that seeks to address climate change impacts on
- Requesting the CEO reports to council by
February 2020 with a draft Sustainability Framework, including potential
additional mitigation measures to incorporate into the City’s strategy and
- Writing to state and federal environment
ministers to advocate for significant action to reduce greenhouse gas
- Joining the Climate Council’s Cities Power
Council also acknowledged the extensive interest and advocacy from the
Greater Geelong community, including by young people, on the issue of climate
The City has shown leadership in this field by committing to the Our
Coast Program and strategies including the Environment Management Strategy,
Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy and Community Zero Carbon Action Plan.
The motion was amended by Cr Stephanie Asher after an initial notice of
motion from Cr Sarah Mansfield that sought to “declare that climate change
poses a serious and immediate risk to people in Geelong, Australia, and
globally, and should be treated as an emergency.”
Council voted six-five in favour of Cr Asher’s amendment, with the
division of votes as follows:
In favour: Councillors Stephanie Asher, Kylie Grzybek, Eddy Kontelj, Ron
Nelson, Trent Sullivan and Anthony Aitken.
Against: Mayor Bruce Harwood, Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy, Councillors Sarah
Mansfield, Jim Mason and Pat Murnane.
Councillor Bruce Harwood - Mayor
The intent of Councillor Mansfield’s notice of motion was to declare a
climate emergency. There was an amendment moved by Councillor Asher, which
acknowledged that climate change poses a risk, with no declaration of an
emergency. This amendment was passed by the council six votes to five.
The amendment does commit the City to working on further action to
mitigate the impacts of climate change, by requesting that the CEO develop a
Councillor Stephanie Asher
have asked the City to put together a Sustainability Framework by February 2020
that will provide a solid evidence base and a clear, strategic direction to
take genuine action on climate change.
understanding the environmental and social impacts of climate change specific
to our region, we will be able to develop and implement effective mitigation
strategies for the community and the environment.