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: October 2020
Current status: Consultation open

Quick links:
Click here to apply for the community panel.
Click here to complete the survey.


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.


How to share your ideas

There are a number of ways to take part:

Express your interest in joining a Community Panel

A panel of 30 residents representing a cross section of our community will play a vital role in developing the plan through a series of workshops.

For more information or to apply, visit sortitionfoundation.org/queenscliffe2020 or call 1800 979 787 for assistance. Community Panel expressions of interest close on 26 October. Participants in the Community Panel will be randomly selected from among the applicants by an independent consultant.

Have your say in our survey

Click here to share your ideas online at any time before 1 November.

Participants are welcome to complete the survey and nominate for the Community Panel. 


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

November 2020
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.

February 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