A new partnership is set to help Lake Macquarie create a more sustainable future.
Lake Macquarie City Council has joined the Cities Power Partnership movement, a local government climate network.
The initiative will see the council make five pledges relating to renewable energy, transport and sustainability.
Staff will work alongside 129 councils from across the country, representing almost 11 million Australians.
Sustainability Engagement Coordinator Chris Harle said it was important that the community provide input on the five pledges.
“Residents in Lake Macquarie are incredibly engaged when it comes to sustainability and improving our city’s environmental footprint,” Ms Harle said.
“We will choose pledges that reflect what is most important to the community while aligning with [the] council’s sustainability framework.”
Mr Harle has invited the community to take part in a survey that will inform the council’s choices.
Manager Environmental Systems Tim Browne noted that the council had successfully reduced its own greenhouse gas emissions by 30% since 2007, contributing to a 6% reduction in emissions city-wide.
“Despite the city’s rapid growth and development, council is taking proactive steps towards becoming more sustainable,” Mr Browne said.
“Through the Cities Power Partnership, we will be able to collaborate with other councils and improve on the sustainability measures that are most important for our city.”
Go to Lake Macquarie City Council’s website to have your say by Monday 2 November, and complete the survey to inform the pledges.