20 OCTOBER 2020
THE CITIES POWER PARTNERSHIP has today announced the finalists for its third annual national climate awards, recognising the work of local governments on the climate frontlines.
Finalists were selected from a record number of entries submitted by diverse communities from rural townships through to capital cities, in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, community engagement and innovation.
Portia Odell, Acting Director of the Cities Power Partnership, said that the calibre of climate solutions developed by Australia’s councils this year was astounding.
“From innovative renewable energy deals providing communities with abundant clean, reliable and cheap energy, to supporting communities’ transition to net zero emissions, Cities Power Partnership Awards finalists are leading the way with practical local climate solutions,” she said.
“These local champions are stepping up to the climate challenge in the face of ongoing Federal climate inaction. It’s time to celebrate the local government climate heroes who are helping their communities to drive down greenhouse gas emissions.”
New in 2020 is the Innovation Award which seeks to uncover bold, transformative climate solutions for both metropolitan and regional councils trailblazers.
The winners will be announced at the virtual awards ceremony hosted by ABC’s Craig Reucassel at 6:00pm AEDT on Thursday 29 October, register here to join.
FULL LIST OF 2020 FINALISTS
Renewable Energy Achievement Award
City of Cockburn (WA) – Leading the way in WA
City of Melbourne (VIC) – Melbourne Renewable Energy Project 2
City of Sydney (NSW) – Innovative renewable electricity deal
Energy Efficiency Achievement Award
Brighton Council (TAS) – The Great Southern Lights Project
Penrith City Council (NSW) – Achieving Energy Efficiency through the Sustainability Revolving Fund
Shoalhaven City Council (NSW) – A ray of light still shines bright in the Shoalhaven
Sustainable Transport Achievement Award
The Shire of Esperance (WA) – Trails Master Planning
City of Fremantle (WA) – City of Fremantle Get Going with e-Scooter
Lake Macquarie Council (NSW) – Lake Macquarie EV Charging Strategy 2020-2032
Community Engagement Achievement Award
Inner West Council (NSW) – Go Solar
City of Onkaparinga (SA) – Energy Support Program
Penrith City Council (NSW) – Sustainable Penrith
Innovation Award (metropolitan)
Brisbane City Council (QLD) – Brisbane Metro Charging Strategy
Ku-ring-gai Council (NSW) – Climate Wise Communities and 3D bushfire simulation
City of Melville (WA) – City of Melville’s Smart Cities – Smart Microgrid Project
Nillumbik Shire (VIC) – Nillumbik Shire: hybrid solar and battery off-grid Community Stadium & Relief Centre
Innovation Award (regional)
Hepburn Shire (VIC) – Hepburn Z-NET – Community Transition Plan
Parkes Shire (NSW) – Towards a greener future – Parkes Recycled Water Scheme
Sunshine Coast Council (QLD) – Blue Heart Sunshine Coast
Climate Ambassador Award (elected representative)
Belinda Coates, Deputy Mayor, City of Ballarat (VIC)
Dominic King, Mayor, Bellingen Shire (NSW)
Jerome Laxale, Mayor, City of Ryde (NSW)
Mark Greenhill, Mayor, Blue Mountains City Council (NSW)
Climate Champion Award (council staff)
Georges River Council (NSW) – Team
Waverley Council, Woollahra Municipal Council and Randwick City Council (NSW) – Tri-Council Regional Environment Program Team
City of Yarra (VIC) – Sustainability Team