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 is now working with community and stakeholders to implement a 10 year Climate Emergency Response Plan.

View the Climate Emergency Corporate Response Plan 2021-2031(PDF, 4MB)

View the Quarterly Progress Reports


Find out more

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


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.  

Community Input 

Over 400 community members responded to our climate change survey 2021. in  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