Climate Emergency

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Surf Coast Shire Council declared a climate emergency in 2019, responding to significant petitioning from our community.

This declaration acknowledged the need for more urgent and extensive action to reduce emissions and respond to local climate change impacts. 

Council’s Climate Emergency Corporate Response Plan 2021-2031 was endorsed by Council at its June 2021 meeting. It can be downloaded here.

This document is Council’s organisational response to the climate emergency. It outlines the ten year strategic position of the organisation in responding to the Climate Emergency.

This plan articulates our vision for our community and environment to thrive in a safe climate, and identifies the actions we will take as an organisation over the next two years to mitigate, adapt and mobilise in response to the climate emergency. 

Importantly, this plan also demonstrates accountability for ways in which we will collaborate and work together in partnership with our local Registered Aboriginal Parties to protect Country and Culture from the impacts of climate change. 

Local governments have a role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change. This plan will be submitted as Council’s pledge under the Victorian Climate Change Act 2017.  It commits Council to purchasing 100% renewable electricity and becoming a carbon neutral organisation in 2021-22. Council’s annual corporate emissions profile prior to developing this plan was approximately 15,794 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) per annum. In switching to renewable electricity, emissions reductions of approximately 2450 tCO2e per annum will be realised. Furthermore, in becoming a carbon neutral organisation, it is expected that Council will be offsetting in the order of 60,000 tCO2e in the 5 year period to 31 December 2025 (reporting period for interim targets under Victoria’s Climate Change Strategy) 

Climate Emergency response in the community

Council recognises that our community is skilled and well placed to lead localised action on climate change. Alongside this plan, Council commits to playing a role in inspiring, informing, enabling and connecting people so our community and environment can thrive for generations to come.

Community Climate Mobilisers

As part of Surf Coast Shire Council’s climate emergency response, we are hosting a community climate mobilisers program, to  co-design the community climate emergency response.

Thanks to all those who signed up to be involved. Applications have now closed.  


Thanks to everyone who completed the climate change survey. The survey is now closed, with over 400 people responding. A final report with survey findings can be found here

Community greenhouse gas emissions profile

Council has developed a greenhouse gas emissions profile for the community identifying major emissions sources for the whole of the municipality as well as a breakdown by postcode. The profile can be found here 

For more information on Climate Emergency check out our Towards Environmental Leadership website or email us at