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Climate Ready!

Published March 17, 2016 | By Janet Armstrong

 

At the launch of the Climate Ready website: (Left to right) Cr Hugh Fraser Mornington Peninsula Shire; Kelly Crosthwaite DELWP; Carl Cowie CEO, Mornington Peninsula Shire; Cr Tamsin Bearsley Mayor, Kingston City Council; Cr James Long Mayor, Bayside City Council; Cr Graham Pittock Mayor, Mornington Peninsula Shire; Cr David Gibb Mornington Peninsula Shire.

 At the launch of the Climate Ready website: (Left to right) Cr Hugh Fraser Mornington Peninsula Shire; Kelly Crosthwaite DELWP; Carl Cowie CEO, Mornington Peninsula Shire; Cr Tamsin Bearsley Mayor, Kingston City Council; Cr James Long Mayor, Bayside City Council; Cr Graham Pittock Mayor, Mornington Peninsula Shire; Cr David Gibb Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Are you Climate Ready? That was the question asked of residents, holiday home owners and businesses of Bayside City Council, Kingston City Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire recently.

These councils have collaborated to help their communities develop their own climate change plans looking at the range of things to take into account during heat waves, storms and bushfires to keep themselves safe.

At the website launch, the mayors of the three councils joined forces to tell as many people as possible about this work. Kingston’s Mayor Cr Tamsin Bearsley told of her difficulty in drawing her primary school daughter into talking about climate change. ‘It’s all too bad’, she says. But when they sat down to use Climate Ready, the daughter became more and more enthusiastic as the more they looked the more they found that they could do. It wasn’t ‘all bad’ any more.

And that’s the trick ­- finding out what we can do and planning for doing it.

Develop your own Climate Plan at http://www.climateready.com.au/

Climate Ready is a collaboration between Bayside City Council, Kingston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Federation University Australia, with funding and support from the Victorian Government.

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