Central Coast Council will conduct a series of community workshops in each Ward across the Coast as part of its public exhibition and community consultation on its draft Climate Change Policy.
Council endorsed a draft Climate Change Policy in August, 2018, for public exhibition.
The draft policy provides a framework to support future actions around planning for the possible impacts of climate change.
This will enable Council to align its operations and strategic planning with the NSW State Climate Change Policy Framework.
As part of Council’s engagement activities with the community, five community workshops will be held across the Coast in February and March, where the community will have the opportunity to build on their understanding of key themes around climate change and provide feedback on how they would like to be involved in future planning around these themes.
Mayor, Jane Smith, said it was vitally important that the community have a voice in the development of Council’s Climate Change Policy and related strategies, plans and actions.
“The purpose of these community workshops is to further educate and work directly with the community to develop the first Climate Change Policy for the Central Coast,” she said.
“We know the community has a very keen interest in climate change and there has already been a lot of discussion and commentary on the draft Policy and how it may impact the community.
“It is crucial that Council demonstrates leadership in addressing climate change and its impacts through responsible planning and collaboration in the best interests of our community, and we are doing this by involving the community every step of the way in this policy development.
“Council is serious about managing risk on behalf of and with our community.
“We need to reduce emissions to start solving the long term challenges of climate change, but also adapt to the changes that we know are already happening.”
Workshops will be held as follows: The Entrance Ward, Wednesday, February 20, 6–8.30pm, Mingara Recreation Club; Budgewoi Ward, Thursday, March 7, 6-8:30pm, Camp Breakaway; and, Wyong Ward, Wednesday, March 13, 6-8:30pm, Wyong Civic Centre.
To register for a workshop and receive a Climate Change Community Information Pack, go to www.yourvoiceourcoast.com/climatechange or contact Council on 1300 463 954.
Source: Media release Feb 4
Central Coast Council