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Lake Mac makes a pledge for sustainability

Lake Macquarie City Council has announced the five pledges it will undertake as part of its commitment to the Cities Power Partnership.

After joining the partnership in 2020, Council undertook community consultation, with residents able to participate in a survey and share their opinion on which climate actions are most important for Lake Macquarie.

From this, Council’s Sustainability and Environmental Systems teams were able to decide on the five pledges that will improve our City’s environmental footprint.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said she was confident each pledge reflected an important issue in Lake Macquarie.

“Improving environmental sustainability is very important and we know as a City we face a range of challenges in the development of a sustainable future,” Cr Fraser said.

“These pledges are our commitment to identifying solutions that achieve positive and lasting change.”

Manager Environmental Systems Tim Browne said Council’s participation in the Cities Power Partnership would strengthen the already established work being done in sustainability.

“We have chosen pledges that reflect what is most important to the community while aligning with Council’s sustainability framework,” Mr Browne said.

“Over the next year, we will be able to collaborate with other Councils and improve on the sustainability measures that are outlined in each of the pledges.”

The Cities Power Partnership is Australia’s largest network of cities and towns tackling climate change. Lake Mac works alongside 140 councils from across the country, representing over 11 million Australians.

Lake Macquarie City Council’s Cities Power Partnership pledges are:

1. Support cycling through provision of adequate cycle lanes, bike parking and end-of-ride facilities

2. Develop education and behaviour-change programs to support local residents and businesses to tackle climate change through clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport

3. Encourage sustainable transport use such as public transport, walking and cycling through council transport planning and design

4. Support local community renewable energy projects, and encourage investment in community energy

5. Power Council operations by renewable energy, and set targets to increase the level of renewable power for Council operations over time

For more information go to shape.lakemac.com.au.

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