Cities power partnership unveils expert advisors

Shane Rattenbury MLA

A diverse team of experts, from a farmer through to the Mayor of an outback town, have been announced as expert advisors to Australia’s largest local government climate network.

Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt and Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan will join Climate Councillor Professor Karen Hussey, Climateworks sustainable transport expert Claire Painter and ACT Minister for Climate Change Shane Rattenbury on the newly-announced Cities Power Partnership expert advisory panel.

The advisory panel will provide specialist guidance to the swiftly-growing climate network, which currently has 70 member councils who together represent over 8 million Australians.

“As the nation’s climate action capital, we’re excited to be growing our role as part of this important partnership,” Minister Rattenbury said.

“The responsibility for climate action is not one that can be done in isolation. Local and other jurisdictions must continue to work together and learn from one another if we’re to achieve real progress.”

Cities Power Partnership Director Alix Pearce said that the panel was chosen to reflect the challenges and opportunities facing Australian towns and cities around climate change.

“We’re excited to welcome our expert advisory panel to the Cities Power Partnership,” she said.

“Our advisory panel reflects the need to accelerate work on climate change at the local government level in Australia, with a range of climate solutions from renewable energy through to sustainable transport.”

“There is enormous opportunity for regional Australia to take control of its energy future, and Cities Power Partnership can help councils find the best climate solution for their community.”

Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt said that action at a local level forms a crucial part of rural Australia’s climate response.

“Local councils have the capacity to be change leaders in rural Australia, switching to cleaner energy and building more resilient and efficient communities,” she said

One of the first duties of the advisory panel will be judging the inaugural Cities Power Partnership awards, which are now open for entry.

The awards will recognise outstanding achievements in renewable energy, energy efficiency, community engagement, sustainable transport and partnership advocacy at local government level.