Climate change

We are actively working to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. We know our climate is changing and there is a greater risk of flooding, heat stress, drought, and harsher fire seasons. 

These changes have a significant impact on our community and present many challenges. The 2019/20 summer season demonstrated the devastating impacts of harsher fire weather. Bushfires have long-term impacts on the ecology of the area, pose a threat to human life, and impact our economy.

How are we addressing climate change?

As a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, we know we need to demonstrate leadership by reducing our emissions. We also need to find new, sustainable and innovative solutions to address climate change.

We are a founding member of the Goulburn Murray Climate Alliance which seeks to increase awareness and ability of the region to mitigate and adapt to climate change. We are also a member of the Cities Power Partnership, Australia’s largest local government climate network.

Community engagement

Community involvement is crucial to help us effectively address climate change. We work with many partners, such as the Wangaratta Landcare and Sustainability Network, local Landcare groups and other groups and members to build capacity and resilience within our community.