Climate change strategy unveiled

GOLD Coast City Council has unveiled a draft climate change strategy, claiming it will help transform the GC into the “most liveable, healthy, active and resource efficient major city in Australia within 30 years”.

The strategy aims to encourage business opportunities for alternative fuel and energy.

It also would establish a “transport connections taskforce” to prepare a master plan for bikeways, walkways, the long-debated rapid transit system and “other transport options”.

The strategy was developed with assistance from the federal government's Climate Change Department.

Council's Sustainable City Future Committee chair Peter Young said the strategy complemented government emission reduction targets and supported Council's goal to be carbon neutral by 2020 for day to day operations.

Councillor Young said the strategy would help achieve Council's Bold Future planning targets, including a 60 per cent carbon emission reduction (below 2000 levels) over the next four decades, with energy consumption lower than national and state averages by 2040.

He said the strategy would build on flood mitigation and management plans.



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