Toowoomba Regional Council to join statewide 'climate resilience' program
Published: 21 September 2019
THE Toowoomba Regional Council is the latest local government in the state to join a program focused on resilience against changes in the climate.
Councillors this week endorsed environment and community chair Cr Geoff McDonald's push for the TRC to join the Queensland Climate Resilient Councils program.
The concept is a joint partnership between the Local Government Association of Queensland and the Department of Environment and Science to "strengthen internal council decision-making processes to respond to climate challenges".
Cr McDonald told councillors at the ordinary meeting on Tuesday the move was a proactive decision.
"Proactive action and the ability to demonstrate how councils are considering and acting to mitigate or take advantage of changes to our climate risk profile is becoming important," he said.
"Participating in the Queensland Climate Resilient Councils program will provide support to council and staff to better understand, plan and respond to risks in functional areas, building a more climate resilient council and supporting their communities to do the same."
There are already 40 councils across Queensland part of the program.
The move comes after a petition with more than 600 signatures was presented to the council, also by Cr McDonald, demanding the TRC take action on climate change.