The twin challenge facing the Coast
  • Thursday 14 October 2010

Council invites the community to have their say on the Draft Sunshine Coast Energy Transition Plan, which discusses ways local residents and businesses can wean themselves off coal and oil and prepare for a future resilient to climate change.

This draft plan—now available on council’s website for public comment—identifies the vulnerabilities and opportunities associated with energy transition into the future.

It is part of council's ongoing Our place, Our future campaign which aims to develop a strategic approach to planning the future of the Sunshine Coast region in partnership with the community.

Council’s Environment Portfolio councillor Keryn Jones said that the Sunshine Coast is faced with a twin challenge on its path to a future resilient to climate change.

“We need to transition away from our reliance on fossil fuel because oil is running out and we need to tackle the issue of climate change head on to reach our goal of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region.”  Cr Jones said.

“Oil is likely to become sparse and very expensive, and dirty energy sources, like coal, emit pollutants that just plain bad for the planet.

“The Energy Transition Plan discusses how we will be able to make the transition by adopting clean energy solutions such as solar programs and using alternative fuels like bio-diesel.

“The Energy Transition Plan—which supports the Sunshine Coast Climate Change and Peak Oil Strategy—also highlights the need for council and the community to look to long-term financial benefits that would flow from adopting and using alternative energy sources.

“In many cases the upfront costs of energy efficiency and new energy sources provides medium and long term payback in reducing costs.

“It also presents an economic development opportunity in the form of setting up new and alternative energy production methods right here on the Coast.

“There is a real opportunity here to make a positive change and it will take the whole community partnering together to make this move—which is why its important people use this opportunity to have their say."

The feedback will inform the development of a final Sunshine Coast Energy Transition Plan, which is anticipated to be presented to council for consideration in December 2010.

The community is invited to have its say on the Draft Energy Transition Plan by sending council a detailed submission before 4.30pm, Friday 8 November 2010.

If you would like a hard copy or copy on CD, please call council’s customer service centre on 5475 7272.

Send feedback to ourplace@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or Sunshine Coast Council, Draft Energy Transition Plan, Reply Paid 84374, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Qld 4560.