Net zero carbon emissions is what one City of Greater Geraldton councillor wants by 2030, after public consultations revealed residents wanted the council to take charge on the “climate emergency.” Cr Natasha Colliver will move at the December ordinary council meeting next Tuesday to seek endorsement of a series of actions that would result in the council taking a stronger climate change position, including a carbon reduction target. At Tuesday’s council agenda forum Cr Colliver reported she had attended the city’s Community Voice Project Workshop on November 14, where it was “very apparent” the participants believed it was important that the City took a leadership role on climate change. She also wrote the desire for the council to take a stronger position was evident in the results of a community survey undertaken by the city’s waste management team. Mayor Shane van Styn invited Midwest Carbon Zero group leader Hamish Maclean to speak on the item, after Cr Steve Douglas asked Cr Colliver what the group’s reaction to her report was. Cr Colliver met with the group on November 30, when she said it expressed disappointment the City had not declared a climate emergency. “We greatly appreciate this motion you’ve put forward and it’s actionable, specific and we understand that, but as a group we probably struggled with the emergency declaration ourself,” Mr Maclean said. “Because at the end of the day we’re not seeing the climate action that we need, the recent State Government’s climate policy has no specific actions or timeline on reducing fossil fuel emissions, and Federal Government is not committed to net zero on any time frame. WA’s emissions are skyrocketing and we are basically the only State with rising emissions, so that’s why we wanted the climate emergency.” City of Greater Geraldton chief executive Ross McKim said the plan’s 10-year target came from the United Nations aim that actions must be taken in the next 10 years if the world was to avoid “horrible consequences”. While the City has an existing climate change policy, detailing steps it has taken to reduce its carbon footprint and improve its environmental credentials, a system has not been established to monitor and measure the City’s carbon footprint, and a specific carbon reduction target has not been set. In the motion, the council’s executive team said it would support updating the Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan to include these requirements with the understanding there would be cost implications that had not yet been estimated. Cr Colliver’s motion will include an update of the City’s Climate Adaption Plan to detail actions to move its operations towards a net zero carbon position by 2030, to direct the CEO to provide councillors with preliminary cost estimates in time for consideration of the 2021-22 budget, and to take a leadership role on the issue.