About this Blog

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 was developed  to help deliver consistent messages across the region to achieve  the objectives of the program. This background work in communications is substantial and is available upon request 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.

The Square Deal Blog is a comprehensive resource portal to review, share and engage in community activities; build awareness; create networks and take action on environmental sustainability. It aims to extend the concept that a “Fair Approach to Making Change” by our member Councils, passionate individuals, schools, community groups, industry and business will overall assist with developing positive attitudes towards participation, communication and embracing change.

These activities received funding from the Australian Government as part of the Community Energy Efficiency Program.

The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein