Councils meet on climate change, bush fires and local government

Over 60 local government representatives, academics and community leaders have met in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales to share knowledge and discuss the growing risks of longer, more intense bushfire seasons in the face of worsening climate change.

The Blue Mountains City Council played host to the Cities Power Partnership earlier this week, which addressed key issues of how the local government sector will adapt to worsening bushfire events and climate change.

“It’s imperative that all levels of government commit to swift and meaningful action to drive down Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the climate impacts that put our community at risk of more frequent and intense bushfires,” Blue Mountains Mayor Cr Mark Greenhill said.

The roundtable also examined how local government bodies can better collaborate in the face of climate change and year round bushfire seasons, and what additional support the sector needs to address the threat.

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