Climate Emergency

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Surf Coast Shire Council made a declaration of climate emergency at its August 2019 meeting.

The declaration recognises that climate change is a real and significant threat and that more urgent action is needed globally and locally.

Council received petitions comprising more than 1000 signatures from community members who are seeking support and leadership on climate change.

January/ February 2021 Update

What Council is doing

Part 1 of Council’s Climate Emergency Response is now complete with the finalisation of the Climate Emergency Response Short Term Corporate Action Plan 2020(PDF, 1MB).

This document identifies initiatives from across the organisation that can be implemented within a short timeframe and existing resources. It has three key priority areas which include; reducing emissions, adapting to the changing climate and empowering people. 

Part 2 of Council’s Climate Emergency Response is currently underway and consists of setting a ten year Climate Emergency Strategic Direction and an Action Plan which will be reviewed and updated every two years. This will set longer term strategic action and outline how the organisation will respond to the Climate Emergency.

Climate Emergency response in the community

The Community Response to the Climate Emergency involves long term, community wide leadership and involvement.


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 will be released shortly to be shared with the community to help inform future climate action. 

Survey Prize Draw Winners

Congratulations to Dave Kelman and Isabel Zwaan, winners of the climate change survey prize draw. Both Dave and Isabel have won an artwork by Wadawurrung artist Billy Jay O’toole. The draw took place on the 14th January by using a randomised computer software to generate the names of the two successful winners. Both winners have been notified.

Greenhouse gas emissions inventory

Council is currently developing an Emissions Profile to collect localised data on emissions sources in the Surf Coast Shire. This is another measure to inform the Climate Emergency Response.

Surf Coast ReimaginED

From December 2020 through to March 2021 Council is holding ‘Surf Coast ReimaginED’, an online event and workshop series. For more information click here.

Climate Emergency response planning and action

Keep your eye open for Expressions of Interest in February 2021 to be involved in planning and leading climate change action in your community. Following a series of workshops with successful applicants broader community engagement will take place from February to June 2021. Updates will be provided on Council’s social media channels and here.

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