The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup has joined a growing number of regional councils taking part in the Cities Power Partnership Program.
The Cities Power Partnership is a free national program that brings together local towns and communities making the commitment to increase renewable energy options and improve energy efficiency of services and facilities.
Shire President Brian Piesse said “the environment has always been a focus for the community, with the Shire already heavily committed to waste minimisation and long-term environmental sustainability. The Council has pledged to undertake the following five actions as part of the Cities Power Partnership program:
1. Install renewable energy on Council buildings.
2. Roll out energy efficient lighting;
3. Encourage sustainable transport use such as public transport, walking and cycling through Council transport planning and design.
4. Support cycling through provision of adequate cycle lanes, bike parking and end of ride facilities.
5. Set up meetings and attended events, where like-minded communities can address common concerns and learn from others’ experience.”
Chief Executive Officer, Ben Rose said “the Shire has already installed renewable energy solutions on several key Council buildings and will continue to consider the incorporation of such initiatives when designing and constructing all future buildings.”
“Funding has also been allocated to the development of cycling pathways and sustainable transport corridors” he said.
Shire President Brian Piesse added “while the Council is committed to taking affirmative action in line with the mission and objectives of Cities Power Partnership, our relationship should not be construed as being tacit support for any political stance that the Cities Power Partnership or affiliated local government authorities may adopt.”
“The Council remains focused on working with our communities to deliver key social, economic and environmental outcomes that enhance the attractiveness of our Shire to residents and tourists alike. That is why in a road safety and environmental context, we are eager to learn of the Government’s decision to reinstate the rail between Greenbushes and Kemerton or not,” he said.