CED regions in Australia

Below are the local council regions in Australia that have declared a Climate Emergency, in chronological order. Click the “more” links to see details of the motions they passed.

5 December 2016, Darebin City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 158,745

First local council to declare a Climate Emergency. It did so in response to climate emergency campaigners in Darebin asking all Darebin local council candidates to sign a Climate Emergency Declaration statement of support as part of a Climate Emergency Declaration campaign started in April 2016 by campaigners from cedamia and other Australian climate emergency groups.


PROGRESS SO FAR:
Listen to the March 22 2019 interview with Darebin Mayor Susan Rennie and Tiffany Harrison on Darebin Council progress so far.

Download the Climate Emergency Darebin Strategic Plan.
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THE MOTION WAS PUT AND CARRIED AND BECAME THE COUNCIL RESOLUTION AS
FOLLOWS:

Council Resolution
MOVED: Cr. T. McCarthy
SECONDED: Cr. S. Amir
That:
(1) Council recognises that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent
action by all levels of government, including by local councils.
(2) Council establishes an Energy and Environment Working Group to further develop
Council proposals for a Darebin Energy Foundation and a Darebin Nature Trust, as
proposed by four elected Councillors during the recent Council elections. The Working
Group will comprise the Mayor and all Councillors who wish to participate and will be
supported by relevant Council officers. The Working Group will meet on a regular basis
over coming months to develop proposals for Council’s consideration at a meeting in
February 2017.
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Action Plan


On May 29, 2017, Darebin Council made their new Climate Emergency Plan available for public consultation. Then, in August, the plan was officially adopted.


Download the full text or a Summary of the Darebin Climate Emergency Plan.

7 February 2017, Yarra City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 95,981

Second Australian local council to declare a Climate Emergency. It did so in response to various Australian campaign groups asking all Yarra local council candidates to sign a Climate Emergency Declaration statement of support.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
March 2019, Yarra organised a community solar bulk-buy scheme as part of their response to the global climate emergency.
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The resolution:

COUNCIL RESOLUTION
Moved: Councillor McEvoy Seconded: Councillor Coleman
1. Council notes this Delegates Report.
2. Council recognises that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires
urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils.
3. Council recognises that the technology, expertise and capacity exists for
humans to mitigate and adapt to this global challenge, but that collaboration
and action is essential.
4. Council resolves to renew our commitment to collaborate with other Councils
and Governing bodies through forums such as NAGA in order to take collective
action to reduce the carbon emissions of our municipalities.
5. That Council Officers indicate to NAGA by February 28 options available at
Yarra City Council regarding hosting NAGA, detailing the in-kind support that
Yarra can provide and the associated costs for NAGA, including (but not limited
to):
(a) basic rental of office space only (e.g. former Richmond Police Station);
and
(b) fully supported office space hosted within Council offices (e.g. at 345
Bridge Road).
CARRIED

See the minutes of the meeting.

12 May 2017, Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) state council

A motion recognising the Climate Emergency, proposed by a Darebin Councillor, was passed by the state council for local councils in Victoria (MAV) with a 77% majority.
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Motion 56. Climate Change

Submitting Council: Darebin City Council

Motion:

That the MAV recognise that:

(a) we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils

(b) human induced climate change stands in the first rank of threats to humans, civilisation and other species

(c) it is still possible to restore a safe climate and prevent most of the anticipated long-term climate impacts – but only if societies across the world adopt an emergency mode of action that can enable the restructuring of the physical economy at the necessary scale and speed;

(d) the MAV has a particular role in assisting local governments in this regard.

Full resolutions of the state council meeting can be downloaded here.

4 April 2018, Vincent City Council, Western Australia, population 35,768

The third Australian local council and the first in Western Australia to declare a climate emergency largely as a result of work by Council Action in the Climate Emergency (CACE).
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The resolution:

Council Decision Item 14.1

Moved: Cr Loden, Seconded: Cr Gontaszewski

That Council:

1. AFFIRMS its support for addressing climate change within the City of Vincent;

2. ENDORSES the position expressed in the Western Australian Local Government Association’s Draft Climate Change Policy Statement that there is a climate emergency which requires urgent action by all levels of government to avoid an unacceptable burden on future generations;

3. REQUESTS that the Draft Sustainable Environment Strategy be presented to Council for advertising by March 2019 to support decision making in the 2019/20 Budget and Corporate Business Plan;

4. REQUESTS that the Sustainable Environment Strategy include the following measures:

4.1. Set a target of zero net carbon emissions by a defined date;

4.2. Set a target of zero net carbon emissions from stationary energy by a defined date;

4.3. Include plans to support the uptake by the community of electric vehicles and other technology that can achieve zero emissions vehicles within the City of Vincent;

4.4. Include plans for the City to create an electric vehicle fleet or other technology that can achieve zero emissions as part of forward purchasing practice; and

5. REQUESTS that administration give consideration to the carbon emissions which result from the management of waste as part of the current Waste Management Strategy.

carried (8-1)

For: Presiding Member Mayor Cole, Cr Gontaszewski, Cr Castle, Cr Fotakis, Cr Hallett, Cr Loden, Cr Murphy and Cr Topelberg

Against: Cr Harley

See minutes of the meeting.

4 July 2018, Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) State Council

The association of local councils in Western Australia (WALGA) endorsed a policy statement to address the Climate Emergency.
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The meeting established the following policy positions:

Local Government acknowledges:
I. The science is clear: climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the dominant cause.
II. Climate change threatens human societies and the Earth’s ecosystems.
III. Urgent action is required to reduce emissions, and to adapt to the impacts from climate change that are now unavoidable.
IV. A failure to adequately address this climate change emergency places an unacceptable burden on future generations.
Local Government is committed to addressing climate change. Local Government is calling for:
I. Strong climate change action, leadership and coordination at all levels of government.
II. Effective and adequately funded Commonwealth and State Government climate change policies and programs.

The full text of the minutes is here.

14 August 2018, Town of Victoria Park, Western Australia, population 34,990

The second Western Australian council to declare a climate emergency, thanks to work by CACE in conjunction with local Councillors.
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The resolution:

That Council:
1. Recognises that there is a state of climate emergency that needs to be handled by all levels of government
2. Endorses WALGA’s Policy Statement on Climate Change, as included in Appendix 18.1
3. Requests that the Administration create an action plan, in line with WALGA’s Policy Statement on Climate Change, and report back to the Future Planning Committee by December 2018.

See the minutes of the meeting.

12 September 2018, Moreland City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 162,558

The third Victorian local council to declare a climate emergency.

PROGRESS SO FAR:
15 March 2019, adopted a mode share shift to sustainable transport.
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The resolution:

NOM40/18 CLIMATE EMERGENCY (D18/323701)
Cr Martin’s Motion:
That:
1. Council acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local Councils.
2. Councillors receive a briefing from officers on how to best act on the ‘climate emergency’ acknowledgement and ensure this is embedded into future strategies and the next council action plan.
3. Council updates the Zero Carbon Evolution 2040 framework to embed the ‘climate emergency’ acknowledgement.
Resolution
Cr Martin moved, Cr Yildiz seconded –
That:
1. Council acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local Councils.
2. Councillors receive a briefing from officers on how to best act on the ‘climate emergency’ acknowledgement and ensure this is embedded into future strategies and the next council action plan.
3. Council updates the Zero Carbon Evolution 2040 framework to embed the ‘climate emergency’ acknowledgement.
Cr Tapinos moved that the motion be amended to include an additional point as follows:
4. Amends the Municipal Emergency Management Plan to include this statement.
The amendment lapsed for want of a seconder
The substantive motion was carried unanimously

See minutes of the meeting.

18 October 2018, Byron Shire Council, NSW, Australia, population 33,987

First NSW local council to declare a climate emergency.
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Resolution text:

1. That Council:
a) notes the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
b) notes the Federal government’s latest emissions data showing we are increasing, not reducing our carbon emissions;
c) declares that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils, and
d) acknowledges that Byron Shire is likely to be substantially affected by climate impacts, particularly sea level rise, bushfires, drought and floods.

2. That the recommendation be added to the Agenda of the upcoming Sustainable Emission Reduction Advisory Committee meeting for their input to convene a community-led Climate Emergency Guidance Group that provides a report as to how Council may assist;

3. That the Guidance Group develops a Shire-wide Community Climate Emergency Plan to further enhance resilience and reduce climate impacts in a timeframe that is as fast as practicably possible;

4. That Council, calls upon the State and Federal Governments to:
a) declare a climate emergency, and
b) to back this up with legislated programs to drive emergency action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the lower of the Paris Agreements at 1.5 [degrees]

5. That Council writes to the Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, the Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin, the Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, the NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and the Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price, advising them of Council’s resolution and urges them to acknowledge a climate emergency and to act with urgency to address the crisis.

6. That Council encourages neighbouring Local Government Areas to join with us by declaring a climate emergency, developing their own Climate Emergency Plans and advocating to State and Federal governments as per point (5).

See minutes of the meeting.

21 November 2018, City of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, population 101,686

The fourth Victorian local council to pass a Climate Emergency Declaration.
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The resolution:

That Council
1. Notes the recent October 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) report on climate change.
2. Notes the successful motion to the Municipal Association Victoria (MAV) May
2017 to recognise that we are in a state of ‘climate emergency’ that requires
urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils.
3. Acknowledges the ‘climate emergency’ and the need for urgent action by all
levels of government, including local councils.
4. Acknowledge the need for priority resourcing of the carbon neutral and 100%
renewables action plan and prioritisation of initiatives that move us towards
carbon neutrality and 100% renewables.
5. Councillors receive a briefing from officers on how to best act on this ‘climate
emergency’ acknowledgment and ensure that this is embedded into the ‘carbon neutrality and 100% renewables action plan’, council plan review and future strategies.

Moved: Cr Belinda Coates
Seconded: Cr Daniel Moloney
CARRIED (R335/18)

See the full minutes of the meeting.

22 January 2019, Gawler Town Council, South Australia, population 26,472

The first South Australian local council and the 8th in Australia to declare a Climate Emergency.
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The motion that was passed with 5 votes for and 4 against.

That Council:
a) notes the October 2018 Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
b) notes the Federal government’s latest emissions data showing we are increasing, not reducing our carbon emissions;
c) notes the recent data published by 202020 Vision Plan ‘Australia’s Suburbs Most Vulnerable To Extreme Heat’ and by the Australia Institute report ‘Heat Watch: Extreme Heat In Adelaide’, both reported in recent editions of the Advertiser, that Gawler is rated as one of Australia ‘hot spots’ for urban Heat Islands; that South Australia will be subject to the worsening effects of climate change due to global warming; and that Adelaide has the highest level of heat related mortality in the nation.
d) acknowledges that the Gawler Council Area is likely to be adversely affected by climate impacts, such as heat waves, bushfires, drought and floods according to local data and that provided by numerous reports and agencies such as BOM, CSIRO, Australia Institute and 202020.
e) declare that we are facing a ‘Climate Emergency’ and that urgent action is required by all levels of government.
f) joins the growing number of councils in Australia and worldwide who are declaring/acknowledging that we face a Climate Emergency and who are both accelerating and giving priority to policy and actions that will provide for both mitigation and adaptation in response to accelerating global warming and climate change.
g) develops a Climate Emergency Action Plan and Community Climate Emergency Plan to further enhance resilience and reduce climate impacts in a timeframe that is as fast as practicably possible. This should include councils emergency response to extreme weather events, particularly heat waves, that includes providing safe shelter refuges for the most vulnerable in our community such as the homeless, and checking of the well-being of the aged and the infirmed. The foundation of such a Plan(s) is to include community consultation.
h) Seeks that a report on this matter be presented to the March Council meeting outlining a work program, timeframe and budget (as required) for further consideration.

19 February 2019, Maribyrnong City Council, Victoria, Australia, population 82,288

First council in Melbourne’s west and the 5th in Victoria to declare a Climate Emergency.
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Full minutes are here. The motion that was passed:

That Council:
1. Note the results of 2017/18 Zero Carbon Maribyrnong Disclosure Statement.
2. Request that the Chief Executive Officer investigate an alternative way of achieving Zero Carbon and provide an updated report to Council.
3. Acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local Councils.
4. Receives a briefing and report on how to best act on the ‘climate emergency’.

25 February 2019, Upper Hunter Shire Council, NSW, Australia, population 14,112

The 10th council in Australia and the 2nd in NSW. Council recognised that we are in a Climate Emergency which requires urgent action by all levels of government including local councils.
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Minutes of the meeting can be seen here.

NOTICE OF MOTION The following Notice of Motion was received from Cr Abbott:
That Upper Hunter Shire Council recognise that we are in a state of climate emergency which requires urgent action by all levels of government including local councils.

With the failure of state and federal governments to respond effectively to global warming, councils across Australia (and the world) are now playing a leading role in responding to global warming by setting safe climate goals and targets, by implementing local sustainable programmes, by advocating to state and federal governments, and by encouraging other councils to do the same. As local councillors we have a great opportunity to play a key role in building a state and then a national response to global warming.

26 February 2019, Blue Mountains City Council, NSW, Australia, population 76,904

Third council in NSW and 11th in Australia to declare a Climate Emergency. The motion passed 9 to 3 with the Mayor leaving the Chair to speak strongly in favour.
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Notice of Motion by Councillor Hoare:

1. That the Council recognises that;
• We are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of
government, including local councils;
• Human induced climate change stands in the first rank of threats to humans,
civilisation and other species;
• It is still possible to restore a safe climate and prevent most of the anticipated long-
term climate impacts – but only if societies across the world adopt an emergency
mode of action that can enable the restructuring of the physical economy at the
necessary scale and speed; and
2. That the Council calls for a briefing on how our Community Strategic Plan addresses the
climate emergency, and outlines the options available to Council to operationalise this
declaration during the life of the Community Strategic Plan

12 March 2019, Hawkesbury City Council, NSW, Australia, population 64,592

Fourth council in NSW and the 12th in Australia to declare a Climate Emergency. Passed almost unanimously.
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The full motion was:

That Council:
1. Recognises that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation, and other species and that it is still possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if, and only if, societies take emergency action.

2. Participates in a Climate Emergency Workshop to examine how our Community Strategic Plan,
works program and planning documents can address the climate emergency, and which results in
an outline of options available to Council to operationalise this emergency declaration.

26 March 2019, Light Regional Council, South Australia, population 14,736

Passed a motion declaring a Climate Emergency with the Mayor’s casting vote getting it over the line.
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The full motion:

14.3.2 Climate Emergency – Notice of Motion by Cr Simon Zeller, Mudla Wirra Ward
That Council:
1.Acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local Councils.
2.Declares a climate emergency and in doing so accepts that the containment of climate change and its serious social and economic implications is a duty of utmost priority.
3.Factors in the impact on the climate in all its dealings and will, whenever possible, attend to those issues as a matter of priority, which do have the potential to mitigate climate change and its implications.
4.Orients itself in all future actions to combat climate change on the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
5.Establishes a working group to develop a broadly based response to this emergency

26 March 2019, Adelaide Hills Council, South Australia, population 38,863

Unanimously passed a motion declaring a Climate Emergency.
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The full motion:

MOTIONS ON NOTICE11.1.Climate Emergency
That Council: 1.Notes the October 2018 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change;
2.Notes the Federal government’s latest greenhouse gas emissions data shows Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions have increased compared to 2012, not decreased;
3.Recognises we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils;
4.Reaffirms its commitment to both mitigating against and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change within the Adelaide Hills Council;
5.Commits to finalising the Carbon Management Plan by December 2019 and that it includes a target of 100% renewable energy for the Adelaide Hills Council (as an Organisation) by a defined date;
6.Requests the CEO write to State and Federal Members of Parliament which represent the Adelaide Hills Council region, advising them of Council’s resolution and request they also act with urgency to address climate change.

27 March 2019, Bellingen Shire Council, NSW, Australia, population 12,668

Declared a Climate Emergency with great community support. The motion passed 4 to 2 with no amendments.
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The minutes of the meeting are here.

MOTION
1.Bellingen Shire Council declares that “we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils” and that council:
a.Notes the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius”;
b.Notes the Federal Government’s latest emissions data showing we are increasing, not reducing our carbon emissions;
c.Acknowledges that Bellingen Shire is, and is likely to be further affected by climate impacts, particularly sea level rise, bushfires, severe storms, drought and floods,
d.Recognises we are in a state of emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation, and other species, and that it is still possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if, and only if, societies take emergency action now.
e.Participates in a Climate Emergency workshop by the end of 2019 to examine how our community strategic plan, works program and planning documents can address the Climate emergency, and results in an outline of options available to council to operationalise this emergency declaration.

2. Calls upon the State and Federal Governments to:
a.Declare a climate emergency, and
b.To back this up with legislated programs to drive emergency action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the lower of the Paris Agreements at 1.5 [degrees]

3.Writes to, the Member for Cowper, Member for Oxley, the Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, the NSW Environment Minister and the Federal Environment Minister, advising them of Council’s resolution and urges them to acknowledge a climate emergency and to act with urgency to address the crisis.

4.Encourages neighbouring Local Government Areas to join with us by declaring a climate emergency, developing their own Climate Emergency Plans and advocating to State and Federal Governments as per point (2).

23 April 2019, Clarence Valley Council, NSW, Australia, population 51,647

Recognised the Climate Emergency following on from a Climate Change Advisory Committee report from June 2018.
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Minutes can be downloaded from the council website.
Text from the minutes:

AMENDMENT TO MOTION
Toms/Novak
That Council
1. Recognise that there is a climate emergency which requires actions by all levels of Government.
2. Acknowledge Council’s efforts to lowering its emission.
3. Include a title of subheading “Climate Change” in all reports.
4. Continue carrying out the items “of action” in the “100% Renewables” report.
5. Note the minutes of the Climate Change Advisory Committee dated 22 June 2018; and thank the committee for their ongoing input.
Voting recorded as follows:
For:
Novak, Baker, Toms, Ellem, Clancy, Simmons, Kingsley
Against:
Lysaught, Williamson
The Amendment to Motion was put and declared CARRIED. The amendment became the substantive motion.

30 April 2019, Randwick City Council, NSW, Australia, population 140,660

Declared a Climate Emergency after heated debate, with no amendments to the original motion by Clr Veitch and a great show of support from the local community.
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The motion is on p297 of the agenda here.
Media release is here.
The motion in full is:

Motion:That Randwick City Council:
1.Publicly acknowledges that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government; that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation, and other species; and that it is still possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if societies take emergency action, including local councils;
2.Bring back a report to council to examine how council plans, policies and works programs can address the climate emergency, and ensure this is embedded into future council strategic plans.

14 May 2019, Inner West Council, NSW, Australia, population 182,043

Declared a Climate Emergency unanimously after adding an amendment to specify action KPIs.
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The KPIs (performance indicators) added via the amendment were:

Council will now include performance indicators in our CEO’s performance agreement and the Inner West Council’s budget. These performance indicators will reflect Council’s commitment to:
* 100% divestment of Council’s investment portfolio from fossil fuels
* Achieving 100% carbon neutrality AND 100% renewable energy targets by 2025
* Making the Inner West a leader in renewable energy for our community by:
– Establishing the Office of Renewable Energy Innovation
– Expediting the retrofit of Council buildings with Solar PV
– Providing a brokerage service to help organisations looking to invest in community energy projects to identify potential partners with suitable roof space in the LGA
– Supporting the Solar Schools program for installation of solar PV on school rooftops across the LGA
– Sourcing Council’s daytime power load through a solar PPA, and establishing a second PPA to cover Council’s night time power load
– Replacing fluorescent street lighting with LED lighting
– Delivering a ‘zero waste’ strategy for Council and the LGA

The full agenda can be seen here.
The CED motion:

THAT Council:
1.Publicly acknowledges that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government; that human induced climate change represents one of the greatest threats to humanity, civilisation, and other species; and that it isstill possible to prevent the most catastrophic outcomes if societies take emergency action, including local councils;
2.Include references to this emergency in the CEO’s performance agreement and Council adjust his key performance indicators accordingly; and
3.Review the annual budget key performance indicators and policies over the course of the next twelve months to focus Council expenditure and revenue on this issue.

16 May 2019, ACT (Australian Capital Territory), Australia, population 422,478

The ACT Parliament passed a motion by Shane Rattenbury MLC to declare a Climate Emergency, making it the first state or territory government in Australia to do so.
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[Final amended motion text coming soon] Press release is here.