Climate emergency motion backed by Dubbo, Cobar leaders

NO RAIN: Burrendong Dam is 4.2% of its capacity. Photo: AMY McINTYRE
NO RAIN: Burrendong Dam is 4.2% of its capacity. Photo: AMY McINTYRE

The Cobar Shire Council mayor and acting Dubbo Regional Council mayor have confirmed they support calls for a climate emergency to be declared.

"I honestly believe in climate change...its got hotter and its got colder," Cobar mayor Lilliane Brady OAM said.

"I have never seen the drought as bad as it is.

"Our children are right, they're more conscious of climate change than we are. We have to start doing something for the next generation."

Councillor Brady joined with Dubbo's deputy mayor Stephen Lawrence and a narrow majority of delegates at the recent Local Government NSW conference to pledge formal support for the declaration of a climate emergency in NSW.

"I believe the science and we need to send a message to state and federal governments to cut emissions but just as importantly to invest in the regions in job, jobs and more jobs," Cr Lawrence said.

"Unless country communities support real action on climate change we won't achieve anything.

"The consequences of the world not acting on carbon emissions will be hotter weather, greater climate instability and massive impacts on agriculture and other important economic activities."

Cr Lawrence said convincing people to cut carbon emissions would always be challenging because of "the small role Australia plays in emissions".

"...If everyone took that view we would see no progress," he said.

"I am currently working on a motion for council related to climate change. It may take a couple of months to take to council however because I want it to be meaningful and I need to widely consult including with my fellow councillors."

The motion passed at the conference called on the NSW government to take clear, effective and unambiguous steps to avert a climate crisis in NSW.

In September Dubbo Regional Council mayor Ben Shields described the idea of declaring a climate emergency as a "token gesture".