Maitland City Council is the latest organisation to link up with an Australian Climate Council (ACC) initiative.
Councillors recently voted to join the Cities Power Partnership (CPP), which seeks to celebrate and accelerate green energy and the sustainability of Australian towns throughout the nation.
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.
The CPP – currently made up of 139 councils, representing almost 11 million Australians – was created to have partners working together on climate change solutions, consisting of energy management, emissions reduction, resilience and adaption.
Maitland City is also currently working on an Energy Plan to deliver energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at council-owned facilities in the future.
“Joining the Cities Power Partnership is one way council is walking the talk on environmental sustainability,” council’s manager environment and sustainability Catherine Pepper said.
“We are looking forward to networking and collaborating with councils across Australia on this issue and applying our learnings in our Energy Plan and Environmental Sustainability Strategy.”
The decision comes in time for Earth Hour, which takes place this evening (Saturday 27 March) from 8.30pm.
The initiative encourages communities around the world to switch their power off, or to a more renewable source, to raise awareness about energy consumption and its impact on the environment.
“Anything our residents and business sectors can do to reduce their carbon footprint will be worthwhile,” Mrs Pepper said.
“Everyday changes to reduce energy usage shows your support for our environment.”
To find out more about the Cities Power Partnership, read the report that recently went to council at www.mait.city/3f9Y6Lx
To learn more about, or to register for, Earth Hour, visit www.earthhour.org.au