Climate Emergency Response Plan

What ambitious local action are we prepared to take together to protect our community and the special places we love?


Last updated: December 2020
Current status: Community panel workshops completed, draft plan in creation


Preventing and preparing for a changing climate

Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale are already being affected by the impacts of climate change. We face an increasing risk from coastal inundation, sea level rise and bushfires. As a community, we need to act now. That's why we're creating a Climate Emergency Response Plan. Together, we'll decide what ambitious local action we are prepared to take together to protect our community and the special places we love.

Many residents have already taken action to reduce their impact on the environment, and Council has reduced its emissions by a third since 2013, but we'll have a much greater impact if we come up with a plan to work together.

Following its climate emergency declaration last year, Council committed to developing a Climate Emergency Response Plan in partnership with the community. We're now seeking your help to create this important strategy together.


What the plan will do

The Climate Emergency Response Plan for Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale will be community-led, underpinned by a strong partnership with the Borough of Queenscliffe to guide Council and community action.

In partnership with the community, we'll create a plan that:

  • Defines roles and responsibilities for both Council and the community,
  • Sets ambitious goals and ways to measure how we meet them,
  • Outlines specific actions Council and the community will take to respond to the climate emergency,
  • Addresses both mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Creating this plan together will help us all to play a role in protecting our community and the special places we love.


What we've heard so far

Over a three-week period in October 2020, 346 respondents participated in an online survey as part of the initial engagement stage in the development of the Borough of Queenscliffe’s Climate Emergency Response Plan. 12 primary school students from the Borough of Queenscliffe area also participated in a workshop. These early engagements were an opportunity to gain a general understanding of the Borough community’s priorities for the development of a Climate Emergency Response Plan. The results of this survey will be presented to a panel of community members, who will use the data collected to shape and inform the development of the draft response plan.

Here's a quick summary of what we heard from the community:

Survey respondents were significantly concerned about the impacts of climate change, and are primarily motivated to reduce its impacts on people (including future generations) and the natural environment of the Borough. School students also expressed a desire to be active participants in a climate emergency response.

Renewable energy investment was consistently the most popular project suggestion with both survey respondents and school students. This project suggestion ranked highly in both prompted and unprompted responses, and regardless of who was taking responsibility for the action (both Council-led and community-led renewable energy initiatives were highly popular). Changes to waste management and behaviour also ranked highly for both groups among suggested actions.

Survey respondents also tended to feel the plan should be ambitious, setting targets for Council and the community to become zero-carbon within a decade.

To read the full results of both the survey and the workshop, download a copy of the full results report.


How we'll use your feedback

The results of the survey and the workshop have been presented to a 30-person community panel. The panel are using the ideas you shared to create the first draft of the Climate Emergency Response Plan. Community members will also have an opportunity to comment on the draft and share their feedback.


How we will create the plan together

Community ideas will shape the response plan from beginning to end. Here's what that will look like:

October 2020 - complete
Community members share ideas for goals and actions. Council will collect these ideas and publish a report on what we heard.

November 2020 - complete
The Community Panel, randomly selected from applicants, will thoroughly analyse community ideas and make recommendations for the plan's structure and content.

December 2020
The plan is drafted using the Community Panel's recommendations.

March 2021
The draft plan is shared with the community for further feedback.

April 2021
The plan is finalised and released to the public. Council considers the plan for adoption.

For more information about community engagement for this project, you can read the CERP Strategic Engagement Plan by clicking here

Summaries of responses to all the quantiative data from the survey in the initial engagement stage is available here.