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DOUGLAS Shire Council Mayor Julia Leu has welcomed councils that signed up to a coalition committed to tackling climate change today.

Cairns Regional Council was one of four Queensland councils to join the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership, a fast-growing network that represents more than two million Queenslanders.

Mayor Julia Leu said it was fantastic to see more councils get on board with the fight against climate change.

“Local action in reducing emissions and transitioning to clean energy isn’t just good for our environment long-term – it will help drive cost savings for all Australians,” she said.

“Douglas Shire Council is fiercely committed to driving the mitigation of climate change, particularly around maintaining carbon sinks and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” she said.

Douglas Shire Council was one of 35 councils in Australia that is a founding member of the CPP program in June last year.

Mayor Leu attended the Climate Council’s CPP Stage Two launch in Brisbane today, where Climate Councillors and Queensland member councils shared information about projects involving renewables, energy efficiency and waste management.

Douglas Shire Council mayor Julia Leu with Local Government representatives involved in the Cities Power Partnerships. PHOTO: Local Government Association of Queensland

“Councils such as Douglas Shire Council that have a clear climate mitigation and energy saving focus can help drive the transition to a more sustainable future,” Mayor Leu said.

Douglas Shire Council recently adopted a Climate Change (Council Operations) General Policy to direct Council to acknowledge the impact of climate change during decision-making for the next three years.

“It is fantastic to see other councils follow our lead and join the fight against climate change,” Mayor Leu said.

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