Western Australia’s two Regional Climate Alliances have been given a $100,000 boost to support projects that help reduce carbon emissions and strengthen climate resilience.
It’s the final funding round of the two year $500,000 pilot program which supports collaboration between regional local governments on climate change.
The two partnerships, the South Coast Alliance and the Goldfields Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils, represent 13 local governments from the Great Southern and Goldfields.
Each alliance will receive $50,000. The South Coast Alliance will work with local businesses to assess their greenhouse gas emissions and provide educational resources to help other businesses take action.
The Goldfields Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils will complete a regional climate risk assessment and action plan. The project will ensure local governments can better incorporate climate change into decision-making and investments.
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries oversee the initiative, and the Western Australian Local Government Association administers the program.
The State Government will consider expanding the program beyond June 2023. For more information, visit https://walga.asn.au/regionalclimateallianceprogram
As stated by Environment Minister Reece Whitby:
“Collaboration is key to tackling the climate crisis. It’s great to see significant progress made by the Alliances and the strong partnerships forged between councils and communities.
“These Alliances demonstrate how regional local governments can work together to help WA achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050.”
As stated by Local Government Minister John Carey:
“The Regional Climate Alliance program has been a positive example of how local governments can come together and share resources to make real and lasting change in their community.
“Both Alliances should be proud of their efforts, working proactively and strategically to fight climate change in their regions.”