Bayside City Council joined a growing number of councils by declaring a climate emergency on December 17 2019. Whilst Bayside has a strong history of environmental and climate related work, with targets for carbon neutrality for council operations, the emergency lens is a new driver and so requires a different and urgent response, with the community as a key partner in the journey.


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Draft Plan


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In declaring a climate emergency, there is recognition that action is not just about ensuring a healthy environment, but also critically about securing a functional future economy and society.

Through targeted engagement and analysis of local and international examples HV.H developed opportunities relevant for the specific local context. We did this by:

  • Internal and external engagement: adapting to the social distancing restrictions, we delivered engagement through online platforms to ensure broad input and support for the plan

  • Gaps & opportunities assessment: an in-depth review of existing policies and strategies to gain an understanding of actions already committed to and policy / strategy gaps

  • Action development: using the engagement and the gaps & opportunities assessment a broad range of actions were developed

To be successful the Bayside’s Climate Emergency response will need to be a whole of Council approach. The Climate Emergency Action Plan was finalised in mid-2020 and is set to guide Council’s Climate Emergency response.