Centroc member Councils have developed a growing interest and engagement tackling climate change. This has been driven by both the financial imperative to save money and the environmental imperative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Centroc Summit “Recharging the Region” in July 2010, identified work in managing emissions particularly through decentralised energy generation, as the highest priority for the region. This was built on by the program Carbon Plus where activity in energy efficiency was identified as the first step members should take where this work should be undertaken in the context of future programming in renewables and decentralised systems.
Members are at varying stages of their journey ranging from understanding their energy use through to implementing significant renewables installation. Centroc members have undertaken significant work particularly in the nexus between energy and water where our members are water authorities collaborating in an Alliance to deliver secure and quality water supplies and sewer services to 2059 in the context of climate change.
As part of this work a web based toolkit has been developed that will help deliver consistent messages across the region to achieve the objectives of the program. This background work in communications is substantial and available as download from the Square Deal website which has been created to support member Councils in communications.
Of note is that Square Deal brand and associated collateral have been designed anticipating growing activity in the community in managing carbon emissions. The work done already identifies both context and key considerations when communicating with the communities of Central NSW regarding water and energy. This communication plan builds on the above and work already undertaken as part of the Learning and Sharing Energy Efficiency Program.
Click here to visit the Square Deal Blog and review the projects and the “Fair Approach to Making Change” our member Councils, passionate individuals, schools, community groups, industry and business are doing to participate, communicate and embrace change.
These activities received funding from the Australian Government as part of the Community Energy Efficiency Program.
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