Leadership on Climate Strengthens Local Economy

The Beagle Editor, Climate Solutions for Eurobodalla sent a survey to the seven groups contesting the Eurobodalla Council election. Four groups completed the survey – the Mayne Group, Eurobodalla Labor, Eurobodalla Greens and the Pollock Group. The table below summarises their responses. Better Eurobodalla Group, Advance Euroboalla and the Hatcher Group did not respond to the survey so we don't know where they stand on these important issues.

It’s time that our local council recognised the economic benefits of supporting new, sustainable technologies. Switching to renewable energy delivers immediate economic benefits and the shift to electric transport creates new local jobs and will achieve significant savings in running costs for council, business and residents - for a start, reducing reliance on petrol imports.

More than 20% of Eurobodalla households have already invested in rooftop solar panels and are reaping the financial benefits.

Shifting to electric vehicles reduces running costs by 70% and maintenance costs by 40%. The NSW Government is investing $490m in electric vehicles and another $100m to support fleet operators to make the switch. The Eurobodalla needs to be in the queue to make sure those funds are spent here. One of the biggest local fleets is operated by Council - let’s switch and make sure our community benefits! Here is the link to the full survey and responses: https://shasa.com.au/council-elections-4-december-2021/ and https://shasa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/CandidateQResponses_Nov82021.pdf

Local government is about so much more than roads, rates and rubbish. Our council has a critical role to play in seizing the opportunities that exist in the transition to a Zero Emissions economy. This Saturday Eurobodalla will pick new candidates that will shape the economy and character of the Shire for years to come. Will we choose people that embrace opportunity while tackling climate change? Susan Cheetham

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