MEDIA RELEASE: Shire takes action on environmental pledge

Published on Tuesday, 23 February 2021 at 12:41:07 PM

 In 2019, The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup made five (5) pledges as part of its commitment to participate in the Cities Power Partnership.

The Shire was one of the first of many regional local governments across the country to take part in the Cities Power Partnership, which focuses on bringing together communities to increase renewable energy options and improve energy efficiency of services and facilities.

Shire President Brian Piesse said, “while acknowledging the importance of a sustainable agricultural and a viable forestry (timber) industry throughout the Shire, we clearly understands the views of our community, having already heavily committed to waste minimisation and long-term environmental sustainability.”

The Council committed to undertake the following five pledges as part of the program and have taken the following actions:

  1. Install renewable energy on Shire buildings

The Shire Recreation Centre and Shire Administration building are both powered, in part, by renewable energy in the form of solar panels. The installation of solar panels on other Shire buildings is considered when applicable upgrade/renewal works are being planned.

  1. Roll out energy efficient lighting.

LED lights have been installed for new or replacement streetlights. This includes new lighting at the site of the Meldene Pathway, the Preston River pathway, replacement street lights on Steere Street and the carpark at the site of the Donnybrook Goods Shed.

  1. Encourage sustainable transport use such as public transport, walking and cycling through Council transport planning and design.

 

The installation and promotion of new pathways and cycleways, and the continued maintenance to existing pathways. The path networks are considered in accordance with the Shire’s Pathway and Trails Expansion Strategy and Disability Access Inclusion Plans and future budget allocations have been made for the maintenance of these paths.
The Shire had partnered with RAC through the Electric Highway Project to install and maintain an electric charging station at Crowley Place, Donnybrook.

 

  1. Support cycling through provision of adequate cycle lanes, bike parking and end of ride facilities.

Last year, the Shire completed the design and installation of stages 1 and 2 of the Meldene pathway. The dual use pathway has been embraced by the community thus far and has improved connectivity throughout central and outer Donnybrook townsite. As a result of the success of the Meldene pathway, the Shire now requests all residential land developments to provide dual use paths via the subdivisional and development approval processes.

The Shire issued the provision of Shared road signage on Upper Capel Road and Brookhampton Road, roads which are increasingly used by road cyclists.

Bike Parking and end of ride facilities are considered for all new major projects that are taking place within the Shire.

 

  1. Set up meetings and attended events, where like-minded communities can address common concerns and learn from others’ experience.

Based on a proposition by the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup, the Warren Blackwood Alliance of Councils (Donnybrook Balingup, Bridgetown Greenbushes, Manjimup, Nannup) of which Cr Piesse is the current Chair,    have established a Climate Impact Reference Group to work with member Councils (and WALGA ) in the Cities Power Partnership to review and provide a high level policy framework in terms of water security, fire mitigation and environmental stewardship. Cr Piesse, states “the long-term viability and sustainability of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the region, is contingent on an appropriate commitment to our environment.” 

 

Shire President Brian Piesse said “we will continue to work with the community in taking action on these pledges and thank the community for their support thus far.”

As part of the Cities Power Partnership, the Shire is required to provide a progress report on their actions to the Climate Council, who manage the CPP project.

......ENDS.....

As per the Local Government Act 1995 Section 2.8(d) for further information please contact:
Shire President Cr Brian Piesse
Phone: 9731 1141         Mobile: 0408 471 947       Email: bhp47@bigpond.com

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