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Ballarat climate walk – feeling the heat

Australian summers are hot and according to the experts, getting hotter.
On November 18, 2018 recent arrival in Ballarat, Therese Footner, and a group of concerned Ballarat citizens got together for the first, of what will likely be many, ‘Feeling the heat’ climate walks along Sturt Street.
Starting out at the Ballarat City Oval the group assembled, then walked down Sturt Street to the Federation University campus for some speeches, with a lot of support along the way from passing motorists tooting their horns and waving.

Marching along Sturt Street.

Joining the group was Cr Belinda Coates who spoke about the ‘Notice of Motion’ she would put to Ballarat Council at its meeting on Wednesday evening, 21 November.
The motion calls upon the council to note the most recent IPCC report, calling for more rapid emissions reductions globally and asking the council to acknowledge the ‘climate emergency’.
Many other councils have already passed such motions in Victoria.
Cr Coates Notice of Motion:
‘I hereby give notice that at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 21 November 2018 I will propose the following motion:
That Council
1. Notes the recent October 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change.
2. Notes the successful motion to the Municipal Association Victoria (MAV) April 2017 to recognise that we are in a state of ‘climate emergency’ that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils.
3. Acknowledges the ‘climate emergency’ and the need for urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils.
4. Acknowledge the need for priority resourcing of the carbon neutral and 100% renewables action plan and prioritisation of initiatives that move us towards carbon neutrality and 100% renewables.
5. Councillors receive a briefing from officers on how to best act on this ‘climate emergency’ acknowledgment and ensure that this is embedded into the ‘carbon neutrality and 100% renewables action plan’, council plan review and future strategies.
Cr Belinda Coates’

Cr Coates noted that the Municipal Association of Victoria passed a climate emergency motion in April 2017 which had the support of 77% of councils.
After Wednesday’s Council meeting Cr Coates confirmed that the motion was successful and passed.
“Ballarat Councillors supported my motion 5/2 which acknowledges the ‘climate emergency’ and the need for “priority resourcing of the carbon neutral and 100% renewables action plan and prioritisation of initiatives that move us towards carbon neutrality and 100% renewables,” she said.

“Some passionate community members came along to support and spoke in favour of the motion. There were 5 great submissions from community members including Miriam Robertson and Anna Burnett (pictured).

“Anna is one of the student organisers for the Ballarat schools strike for climate event planned for November 30 from midday at Trades Hall in Camp Street. She spoke passionately about how strongly she and many other young people feel about the need for action by leaders at all levels of government in climate change.”

Miriam Robertson and Anna Burnett with Cr Belinda Coates after the council meeting.
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