WALGA welcomes new climate change action

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has welcomed the announcement of a new state climate change policy, to be developed over the next 12 months.

WALGA President Lynne Craigie welcomed the announcement by the State Government, which will see the development of a new policy framework to address the challenges and opportunities arising from climate change.

“WA Local Governments are already actively engaged in climate change mitigation and adaptation activities, but regulatory hurdles at the State level hinder a range of beneficial projects such as large renewable energy projects, energy efficient street lighting retrofits and the protection of our urban forest,” Cr Craigie said. “To have this commitment from the State to develop a new policy shows their leadership in this area and Local Governments look forward to seeing within it a strong agenda to accelerate emissions reductions

Cr Craigie said the policy needs to address regulations currently preventing Local Governments, the community and business from being able to do more to act on climate change, to enable projects that offer a range of additional social and financial benefits. “Local Governments are already grappling with the effects of climate change, including impacts on human health, coastal erosion and extreme weather events,” she said.

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