Climate change the focus at hearings


THE Legislative Assembly’s Environment and Planning Committee will meet at Mornington this week to look into community initiatives to tackle climate change.

The public hearing at the Council Chambers, 2 Queen Street, 12.30-3.30pm, Thursday 7 November, is one of a series being held in regional Victoria during November.

The committee will hear from the Port Phillip Eco Centre, Bayside Climate Action Group, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and South East Councils Climate Change Alliance.

“We’re interested in finding out what’s happening at the local level to tackle climate change and what the Victorian Government can do to support communities take action,” committee chair Darren Cheeseman said.

Ahead of the public hearing, the committee will visit a sustainable living centre and a local business that has used environmental upgrade finance to fund energy efficiency initiatives.

“Seeing firsthand some of the community initiatives that are being rolled out will help the committee as it determines the recommendations it can make to help support communities in dealing with and mitigating the impact of climate change,” Mr Cheeseman said.

Later public hearings will be held at Geelong and Warrnambool followed by Melbourne, Mildura, Shepparton and Wangaratta.

The committee has received more than 140 submissions to the inquiry which it posts on its website. A comments box welcomes public comments on issues raised in submissions or at the public hearings.

First published in the Mornington News – 5 November 2019


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