Climate change has the potential to affect our community, the economy and our environment adversely.
Victoria is already experiencing climate change impacts, increased and longer fire seasons and extreme fire warning days, and becoming hotter and drier in the recent years.
The significant climate change impacts projected for the Mallee region include:
- Increased maximum and minimum temperatures
- More hot day and heatwaves
- Less rainfall in winter and spring
- More intense rainfall events
- Harsher and longer fire seasons
Mallee Climate Projections 2019 (updated 19/02/2020) (PDF, 1.5 MB)
On 26 February 2020, Mildura Rural City Council (Council) became the 30th local government in Victoria and the 94th in Australia to declare a climate emergency.
Council declared we are in a state of climate change emergency requiring urgent action by all levels of government and passed a motion to:
- Write to all State and Federal parliamentarians whose offices lie within the MRCC municipal boundaries, and to the Prime Minister, the federal Opposition Leader and the Victorian Premier, expressing our position on the climate emergency (completed);
- Obtain current baseline greenhouse gas emission levels on municipal services, operations and infrastructure, and implement and report on a strategy to reduce these emissions including an analysis of our capacity to reach a target of zero-net emissions by 2050 (strategy development in progress); and
- Conduct community consultation to develop community owned and activated climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.
Climate Emergency Reference Group
Expression of Interest for the Climate emergency Reference Community Reference group are now open and will close on 1 April 2021.
The establishment of a Climate Emergency Community Reference Group will enable Council to address point 3 in the motion.
Forming a reference group creates a level of community ownership and responsibility which will encourage community lead action. The group will will provide input and guide the development of a Climate Emergency Plan containing community owned climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. After the development of the Climate Emergency Plan the group will be responsible for the facilitation and implementation of actions.
As well as developing and implementing a climate emergency community plan, the reference group will also provide advice and feedback on:
- engaging with all levels of government, and the community about the climate emergency;
- mobilising and activating the community around the climate emergency issue;
- researching and developing strategy and solutions relating to the climate emergency;
- innovative programs which can be used to achieve significant change.
The group will be made up of two council officers and seven community members with an interest or expertise in a broad range of areas. This will help ensure a range of community aspects are included in the development of the Climate Emergency Plan.
Expressions of interest will be sought from seven interested community members with expertise/interest for each of the following areas:
- Social inclusion
Expression of Interest form
Please contact Bonnie Pettett, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, for further information on (03) 5018 8423 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org