The Hunter Joint Organisation, representing ten regional NSW councils, has become first JO to enter into a regional partnership with the Cities Power Partnership climate network.
As part of the Cities Power Partnership program, councils commit to a series of actions to mitigate climate change, such as supporting renewable energy and planning sustainable transport.
The Hunter JO has pleged:
- Regional collaboration on EVs
- Regional collaboration on clean energy planning and project delivery
- Regional collaboration on emissions reduction
- Knowledge sharing
Hunter JO chair Sue Moore, Mayor of Singleton Council, says the agreement means councils can work together to attract funding, resources and projects like fleet electrification.
“In order to make an impact on climate initiates our councils need to be able to support one another and coordinate our efforts to benefit our communities across the region,” Cr Moore said in a statement.
“By partnering with Cities Power Partnership our councils and the Hunter JO are ensuring we take joint action for our region and our communities.”
The Hunter region north of Sydney in 2021 became the first region where all councils became Cities Power Partnership members, she said.
“So it makes sense that are also the first region that has committed to a regional partnership agreement,” Cr Moore said.
The sustainability of the Hunter region has been a key focus for the JO since it was established in 2018.
Member councils have already established a range of projects across circular economy and climate change adaptation.
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