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Friday, April 23, 2021

Cessnock City Council pledges for climate

Cessnock City Council has adopted five action pledges as part of its membership to the Cities Power Partnership (CPP), Australia’s largest local government climate network.

Member councils have six months to select several vows in the areas of renewable energy, efficiency, transport and advocacy.

The CPP then provides access to resources and facilitates collaboration with other councils to help accelerate and achieve the pledges.

At its recent meeting, council promised to:

  • Install solar PV and battery storage on council buildings;
  • Support cycling through the provision of cycle lanes, bike parking and end of ride facilities;
  • Actively participate in the development of a regional electric vehicle strategy;
  • Roll out energy efficient lighting across the LGA; and
  • Open up unused council-managed land for renewable energy.

The Hunter is the first region in the country with all councils signed up, including Lake Macquarie City, Port Stephens, Cessnock City, Upper Hunter Shire, Muswellbrook Shire, Singleton, City of Newcastle and, now, Maitland City.

Cessnock City mayor Bob Pynsent said the organisation’s CPP membership showed commitment to climate change action and council was already on its way to realising a number of the pledges.

“We’ve recently completed the installation of solar panels on council’s administration building, Cessnock Library building and the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre complex,” he explained.

“We’ve also received funding under the NSW Government’s Active Transport grant to deliver new pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in the Cessnock CBD.”

Cessnock City joined the Cities Power Partnership in August 2020 and is one of 140 local governments across Australia who make up the alliance.

Visit www.citiespowerpartnership.org.au/partners/cessnock-city-council for more information.

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