Draft of first ever City of Stonnington Climate Emergency Action Plan

Published on 18 May 2021

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The first City of Stonnington draft Climate Emergency Action Plan is out for public feedback after endorsement by Councillors on Monday 17 May.

City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Kate Hely, looks forward to hearing back from the community on this crucial document.

“This is not just another Council document. This is a plan for all of us and the future of our city.

“While climate change is a global issue, it has local impacts affecting Stonnington’s environment, economy and the health and wellbeing of our community.

“We know that climate action is a priority for our community and this plan clearly outlines our commitment to accelerating our own emissions reduction as well as the support we will be providing our community.

“Our draft plan is focused on actions to both reduce our contribution to climate change and to reduce the negative impacts of climate change on human health and the natural world and help us adapt to life on a changing planet.

“The draft plan was developed following community consultation in June 2020 and the next step is asking our community what they think.

“We can create change and make a difference when we all work together. I’m looking forward to working with you all on creating a more sustainable Stonnington for now and the future,” said Cr Hely.

Summary of draft plan

The draft plan outlines our path towards 2030 and a zero carbon future for Stonnington, as well as defining five key strategic priorities:

  1. Zero carbon Stonnington
  2. Leading action and advocating for change
  3. A cool, climate adapted city
  4. A resilient, connected community
  5. Towards zero waste and a circular economy

Each of these priorities has a series of specific actions to help us achieve them. These include things like:

  • Purchase renewable energy for 100% of Council’s electricity use.
  • Support zero carbon developments in Stonnington and progress towards a zero carbon Planning Scheme.
  • Support community climate action through Council’s community grants program, including working with local community groups to develop and plan climate action projects.
  • Develop a Zero Waste and Circular Economy Strategy to drive Council’s strategic direction in relation to waste minimisation, optimum resource recovery, minimising waste to landfill and creation of a circular economy.
  • Develop a targeted program to include canopy trees in commercial precincts to improve shade provision, city cooling and improved amenity.
  • Integrate urban greening and city cooling objectives into streetscape projects, to ensure a climate resilient city. 

Provide feedback

You can provide feedback on the draft plan by completing our online survey. Feedback closes on Sunday 20 June.

You can also join our online climate emergency forum on Tuesday 6 June from 6.30-8pm, register online.

Or join us in-person on Saturday 12 June to discuss the plan and your thoughts:

  • Prahran Market from 11am-12.30pm
  • Malvern Town Hall from 2-4pm

How we’ve developed the draft plan

The draft plan was developed following a consultation process that included:

  • An online survey and ideas board
  • An online information session with interested community members
  • Online sessions with Traditional Owner groups
  • Building on Council efforts and achievements to-date
  • Community feedback through the Community Vision and Council Plan engagement processes
  • Councillor priorities workshop in March 2021
  • Review of leading practice across local government climate response
  • Assessment of emerging science, technology and dialogue from the community and different levels of government on the urgency to act on climate change.
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More information

If you have any questions or would like further information about the draft plan call: 8290 1333 or email: environment@stonnington.vic.gov.au

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