Cr Tim Drylie, Mayor of Hepburn Shire, has joined mayors and councillors from across Australia  to launch a nationwide coalition of local government elected officials advocating for stronger action on climate change to state and federal governments.

Local Leaders – an initiative from the Cities Power Partnership– was launched at a breakfast event on Tuesday in Canberra at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly.

Each Local Leader will be developed as a trusted local voice in the media, discussing how climate change is impacting their community and why stronger action is needed.

Guest speakers at the meeting included the Hon Kristy McBain, Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories.

Cr Drylie said,  “Our community wants serious action on climate change, which is why I’ve joined dozens of other local government representatives to amplify our message to a national level.

“It’s important to make our communities’ needs heard by the state and federal government, because we can achieve change locally. Speaking out in the media will help us inspire other communities to capitalise on the benefits a net zero emissions economy brings.”

Over 100 local governments around Australia have declared a climate emergency. Many are investing in renewables and taking action to reduce emissions. In Hepburn Shire, Z-Net is playing a key role on a number of climate related issues for the local community.