An entire NSW region has committed to collaborating on shared climate goals, entering a Regional Partnership with Australia’s largest local government climate network, the Cities Power Partnership.
From the Cities Power Partnership
The Hunter Joint Organisation (Hunter JO), located in the Hunter region of NSW, has partnered with the Cities Power Partnership to enable collaboration and support on clean energy initiatives to set the region up for a prosperous future.
The Chair of the Hunter JO and Mayor of Singleton Council, Cr Sue Moore, said the collective agreement strengthened the Hunter’s reputation as a region that supported meaningful action on climate change.
“In order to make an impact on climate initiatives, our councils need to be able to support one another and coordinate our efforts to benefit our communities across the region. By partnering with Cities Power Partnership, our councils and the Hunter JO are ensuring that we take joint action for our region and our communities,” said Mayor Moore.
“Working collaboratively, we aim to attract more funding, expertise and resources to support region wide and council specific projects such as electrifying council fleets where possible and boosting energy efficiency.”
“In 2021, the Hunter became the first region in Australia to have all councils become members of the Cities Power Partnership, so it makes sense that we are also the first region that has committed to a Regional Partnership Agreement.”
Councils taking part in the Cities Power Partnership pledge five actions to tackle climate change locally, from ramping up renewable energy through to planning sustainable transport systems.
The Hunter JO is the first Joint Organisation nationally to partner and make pledges with the Cities Power Partnership, creating a new regional partnership model that can be replicated across the country.
The Hunter JO has pledged to:
- Support regional collaboration on electric vehicles by identifying opportunities and working together in delivering solutions.
- Support the region’s evolution to a clean energy future by facilitating regional collaboration, planning and project delivery and/or information sharing.
- Advocate to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions in the Hunter region.
- Sharing knowledge and learning to boost impact.
Cities Power Partnership director, Dr Portia Odell, commended the Hunter JO on its leadership towards creating a better future for the region.
“It’s brilliant to see a region of diverse industries sign up to the program and pledge to support its community by working together towards a clean energy future,” said Dr Odell.
“Right now, local governments have an opportunity to get on the front foot of the global shift to clean energy and accelerate projects that will deliver local jobs quickly, drive new investment and tackle long term challenges like climate change.”
The sustainability and future of the Hunter region has been a focus throughout its councils’ decades of collaborative history and a key strategic priority of the Hunter JO since its establishment in 2018. They have a range of different projects driving this agenda within the organisation and across its Member Councils, including their Circular Economy and Climate Change Adaptation programs.
Through partnering with the Cities Power Partnership, the Hunter JO and its councils are further building the Hunter into one of the most liveable, inclusive, resilient, sustainable and connected regions in Australia. With thriving people, natural environments and progressive primary industries there continues to be untapped potential for development and growth.
The Hunter JO’s member councils are:
- Cessnock City Council
- Dungog Shire Council
- Lake Macquarie City Council
- Maitland City Council
- MidCoast Council
- Muswellbrook Shire Council
- City of Newcastle
- Port Stephens Council
- Singleton Council
- Upper Hunter Shire Council
The Hunter Joint Organisation is a collaborative body that brings together the ten councils in the region to provide a united and local voice for their communities. As the hub for local intergovernmental collaboration, the statutory mandate includes identifying key regional strategic priorities, advocating for these priorities, and building collaborations around these priorities with other levels of government, industry and community. Find out more at www.hunterjo.com.au
The Cities Power Partnership – a free national program created by the Climate Council – is Australia’s largest network of local councils leading the way to a thriving, zero emissions future. It is made up of over 180 councils from across the country, representing 70 percent of the Australian population.