Cities Power Partnership

Draft Program (subject to change)

Thursday 18 October 2018
8:30 am - 9:00 amRegistration and arrival coffee
9:00 am - 9:20 amAcknowledgement of country
9:20 am - 9:30 amWelcome
Councilor Mark Honey, Mayor, Kiama Municipal Council
9:30 am - 9:40 amSummit overview
MC: Bruce Roberts, News Anchor & Journalist, Win Television
9:40 am - 10:25 amInternational Keynote address: Lancaster reborn - how we became the clean energy capital of California
R. Rex Parris, Mayor, City of Lancaster, California
10:25 am - 10:55 amClimate science update - impacts for towns and cities
Professor Lesley Hughes, Climate Councillor and Distinguished Professor of Biology, Macquarie University
10:55 am - 11:25 amMorning Tea
11:25 am - 12:25 amEstablishing carbon reduction or carbon neutral targets
Nik Midlam, Manager Carbon Strategy, City Sustainability, City of Sydney
Glenn Murphy, Economic Development Manager, Bega Valley Shire Council
(Invited), Clean Energy for Eternity
  • Where to start - how to get Councillors on board?
  • What are the information needs?
  • Setting targets within the context of council change
  • Broadening to community wide emissions – what’s involved?
12:25 pm - 1:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 1:30 pmLOCAL ACTION IN FOCUS
1:31 pm - 3:00 pmPower Partner Best Practice Case studies
How innovative local government carbon emission reduction projects have either demonstrated leadership, a novel approach or overcome barriers

Renewable Energy 

How Council’s 25 year Environment & Livability Strategy underpinned its 15MWh Solar Farm development & demand management initiatives

Sunshine Coast Council, QLD

Energy Efficiency

Switch your thinking is a regional approach developed and led by local governments to reduce administration and pursue ambitious mitigation projects across Metropolitan Perth. Working collectively with 16 Local Governments the licenced program services 1.1 million residents, 90,900 businesses and 300 schools. Efficiency projects include early adoption of green building practices, revolving energy funds, demand response alerts, negotiation of community purchase incentives and innovative residential trials.

Julie McMinn, Co-ordinator Switch Your Thinking! Program, City of Gosnells, WA

Sustainable Transport

Overview of the ACT’s Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles Action Plan 2018-2021, fleet electrification, charging infrastructure rollout and electric / hybrid bus & e-bike fleet trials 

Climate Change Policy Team, ACT Government (invited)

Work Together & Influence

Solar my School Program, a free Council-run initiative designed to help primary and secondary schools “go solar” through feasibility, funding, installation, promotion & education assistance. In 12 months 36 of 64 schools are participating representing 1.3MW of identified and installed solar

Anthony Weinberg – Regional Environment Program Coordinator & Nicola Saltman, Engagement Lead, 3 Council Regional Environment Program – Waverley, Woollahra & Randwick, NSW
Summit Workshop: Climate Media Spokesperson Training Workshop
2:00pm until 5:30pm

Run by the Climate Media Centre on site & in conjunction with the plenary summit program, this free session for Mayors, elected representatives / delegated media spokespeople will assist in messaging for media opportunities including:
  • Policy or strategy launches
  • Responding to climate disruption (eg extreme weather events)
  • Climate solutions & new initiatives
Numbers are strictly limited so submit your request early to avoid disappointment. Prospective delegates will be asked to complete a pre-training survey outlining your previous experience to help with the session planning. Preference will be given to less experienced media performers or under-resourced councils.

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3:00 pm - 3:30 pmAfternoon Tea
3:31pm -4:30 pmParticipating in the voluntary carbon market
Chris Wilson, Director, Pangolin Associates
To pursue a carbon neutral certification or to meet a greenhouse gas emission reduction target, Councils are increasingly interested in identifying the processes to participate in the voluntary carbon market.
  • Performance to date – what is the participation of Australian councils?
  • Where to start – establishing a baseline, data management & collection, supply chain research, offset purchasing guidelines 
  • How affordable is the process?
  • Can councils be both proponents and purchasers of carbon offsets?
Council carbon neutral certification case study
4:30 pm - 5:10 pmUnderstanding and managing climate liability for councils
Professor Karen Hussey, Climate Councilor & Director, Public Policy Unit, University of Queensland
  • How much can we assess climate risk & exposure?
  • Overview of risk management assessments
  • Climate models
  • Mitigation & adaptation activities
5:10 pm - 5:30 pmClosing Remarks
5:30 pm - 7:00 pmNetworking drinks
7:00 pm - 10:30 pmPower Partner Inaugural Awards

Award categories:

  • Renewable Energy Achievement Award
  • Energy Efficiency Achievement Award
  • Sustainable Transport Achievement Award
  • Community Engagement Award
  • Best Buddies Award
  • CPP Ambassador (individual)

Friday 19 October 2018
8:30 am - 9:00 amRegistration and arrival coffee
9:00 am - 9:05 amWelcome and Day two preview
Dr Martin Rice, Head of Research, Climate Council
9:05 am - 9:40 amLocal Keynote Presentation
Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA, Minister for Climate Change & Sustainability , ACT Government
Role of local government action, COAG & National Energy Guarantee update
ACT progress on carbon neutral 2050 & 100% renewable energy targets
9:42am - 11:00 amCase study: managing energy price & carbon risk

Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) Power Purchase Agreement

  • MREP Overview - who, when, how & why
  • The appeal of linking electricity retail contracts to carbon neutrality
  • What were the decision making steps Councils had to undertake to join the City of Melbourne led initiative of 14 members
  • How did members measure and assess risk and financial impacts & environmental benefits
  • What are the key learnings & opportunities for local government 


  • John Griffiths, Senior Sustainability Officer, Urban Sustainability, City of Melbourne
  • Lisa Paton, Coordinator Sustainable Programs | Sustainability & Transport, City of Port Philip
  • Sue Vujcevic, Manager City Strategy & Design, Moreland City Council (invited)

11:00 am - 11:30 amMorning Tea
11:30 am - 12:30 pmSustainable Transport - What role for electric vehicles?
  • The state of EVs in Australia, an update - Claire Painter, Implementation Manager, ClimateWorks Australia
  • Public charging infrastructure & council fleet electrification–what are the key considerations for Councils? - Carbon Neutral Adelaide (invited)
  • Charging station network rollouts, funding opportunities including user pay charging
12:30 pm - 1:30 pmLow Carbon Project Financing Options
  • Wait for grant or act now – understanding the opportunity costs - Greg Bourne, Climate Councilor & former Chair ARENA
  • Overview of the CEFC $250m Local Government Financing program lending options & project funding evaluation criteria - Victoria Adams, Director, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
  • Case study: Council developed mid scale 5MWh solar farm on former landfill site – the funding story - Adam Clarke, Projects & Infrastructure Co-ordinator, Newcastle City Council
1:30 pm - 2:20 pmLunch
2:20 pm - 2:50 pmBecoming Pitch Perfect
  • Tips for generating local media interest in your climate projects
  • Finding the angle brainstorm
  • Driving social media engagement
  • Developing engaging content
  • Training of council media spokespersons for responding to climate disruption (eg extreme weather events) climate solutions & new initiatives
  • The role of video in telling a climate action story
  • How the Cities Power Partnership team can help.

Fiona Ivits Cities Power Partnership Media Advisor, Climate Council 

2:50 pm - 3:20 pmClosing panel discussion: Cities Power Partnership reflections on year 1
  • How has participating in the CPP benefited our emissions reduction mission
  • Where to from here - what would we like to see in year 2 & beyond?
3:20 pm - 3:30 pmSummary remarks