Tackling climate change in the locale

Tackling climate change in the locale

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Armadale councillor Ruth Butterfield with machinery that will heat the Armadale Aquatic Centre using renewable geothermal energy. Photograph - Aaron Van Rongen.

The cities of Armadale and Gosnells and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale have joined a national force dedicated to tackling climate change.

The three local governments joined 67 others from across the country which have become members of the national Cities Power Partnership representing more than 7.5 million residents living within them.

The Partnership was a Climate Council initiative that aimed to bring local governments from across Australia together to combat climate change.

Entry to the partnership was free and cities which have signed up were given access to experts from across the world for advice on developing renewable energy plans.

Speaking outside the Armadale Aquatic Centre, which once redeveloped would have pools warmed using heat from deep underground City of Armadale deputy mayor Ruth Butterfield said joining the partnership was just part of the city’s commitment to combatting climate change.

“We are excited to be joining the Cities Power Partnership and engaging with other progressive local governments in sharing the information and opportunities that are on offer as part of the program,” she said.

“The provision of geothermal heating to the pools at the Armadale Aquatic Centre redevelopment shows our commitment towards using energy efficient methods.”

Climate Council professor Will Steffen said local governments played a key role in combatting climate change.

“Local councils have the power to genuinely transform the way we generate and use energy,” he said.