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Media Release - Knox Council reaffirms commitment to addressing climate change

Knox City Council voted unanimously last night to demand swift, decisive action to address climate change within the City of Knox.

With climate action a topic of increasingly critical attention, Council emphasised its concern and drive to protect and preserve our natural environment for the health, happiness and enjoyment of future generations.

Community support for a more urgent approach to climate action has been growing, and Council recognises this is an issue of great importance and concern to many Knox residents, for whom the city’s natural environment is a defining and crucial element. A large crowd of community members attended the Knox Council meeting last night, with the affirmative vote prompting applause from the gallery.

Knox City Council Mayor, Cr Jake Keogh explained that; “Knox Council is listening to the overwhelming scientific evidence and acting on the best advice of experts across the globe about the dangers of not tackling climate change with the urgency and importance it demands.”

“In making this statement, Knox Council is committing to taking practical action to preserve our natural environment, working with all levels of government, industry and community to protect our environment from further destruction.”

Many Councillors reflected on the significant work already undertaken by Knox to enhance its sustainability and environmental practices and to empower local residents and businesses to adopt sustainable behaviours and practices.

Council adopted the Climate Change Response Plan in 2012, with more than three-quarters of its actions either completed or on-track when last reviewed. The Plan focuses Council’s efforts in five action approaches which include achieving greenhouse gas reduction goals, offsetting greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to climate change, developing strategic partnerships, and improving air quality.

Examples of action under this Plan include recent large-scale energy reduction projects including streetlight replacement, solar on Council buildings, solar bulk buy programs for residents and energy efficiency works on Council buildings including the recently adopted Energy Performance Contract.

Council will now receive a report from officers by January 2020 outlining the potential options available to Council for preparing a new Climate Response Plan. This report will consider the significant challenges of returning to a ‘safe climate’ and Knox’s role in cooperating with all levels of government and community both locally and globally.

Issued: Tuesday 29 October 2019
Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021

Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021 Reference:

Goal 1. We value our natural and built environment

Strategy 1.1 - Protect and enhance our natural environment.

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