Climate Emergency
Plan 2020-2025
Annual Report Card 2
1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022

People Power: Growing our Voice
Key evaluation question:
What evidence is there that the Brimbank community is more active in organising to respond
to the climate emergency locally and more broadly, and that people are able to access quality
education and other means to overcome barriers to sustainable living?
Project wins and milestones
The Climate Action Online School Summit
The Climate Action Online School Summit saw participation from 10 primary schools and a total of 189
students in Brimbank. Students gained knowledge and built resilience to the impacts of climate change and
had an opportunity to share their vision for 2040 with the Mayor of Brimbank.
Council hosted 12 programs and events about
decarbonisation and climate adaptation in 2021/2022,
with over 300 community members attending and
getting involved!
Council launched our 100% Renewable Brimbank
program. The program website connects Brimbank
residents and businesses to resources, one-on-one
support, and financial incentives to help make the
switch to be all-electric and renewable energy.
Brimbank youth collaboratively developed public
messaging as part of the Youth Heatwave Awareness
Program. Their work will become part of the
messaging used in heat wave events and is set to be
formalised in Council’s Municipal Heatwave Plan.
An updated Traditional Owner statement
acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and
Bunurong People as the Traditional Owners of the
land occupied by the City of Brimbank.
The World Food Garden project connected generations
and cultures to sharing memories, traditions and
authentic recipes from Somalia, Myanmar, Vietnam
and Samoa, while promoting locally grown food with a
reduced carbon footprint.
The Seedlings in Schools Program distributed
vegetable and native plant seedlings to over 30
schools and four Neighbourhood House gardens
across the municipality.
The 2021 Brimbank Youth Environmental Leadership
program engaged senior primary and secondary
students from three schools in Brimbank. Students
built leadership skills through participating in local
environmental projects.
Council submitted a motion calling on the Federal
Government to declare a climate emergency and to
invest in renewable energy, the circular economy and
conservation initiatives. The motion, presented at the
2021 National General Assembly of the Australian
Local Government Association held in Canberra, was
endorsed unanimously.
2021/2022 was year two of the implementation of the
Brimbank Climate Emergency Plan 2020-2025 - Let’s
Co- Create Our Future (the Plan). Year two of the Plan
saw some exciting milestones achieved and these are
summarised in this report.
Council’s declaration of a climate emergency in 2019
recognised the immediate, all- encompassing threat
of climate change. The Plan recognised Council’s
responsibility to lead a socially just, science-based,
coordinated public policy response to the crisis. The Plan
set a target of zero-net emissions for Council operations
by 2030, and by 2040 for the municipality.
The five themes for action under the Climate
Emergency Plan are: People Power, 100% Renewable,
Resilient Rebuild, Green and Cool and Circular Economy.
Success for each theme is evaluated by the response to
a ‘key evaluation question’.
Central to overall success is the core task at hand,
to ‘electrify everything’ and use 100% renewable
clean electricity for all our energy needs.
‘Electrify everything’ is the cheapest, fastest route
to emissions cuts. Households and businesses must
replace petrol and diesel vehicles, gas heaters and
hot water systems, and other items with electric
alternatives. These changes would be minimally
disruptive, but provide large emission reductions,
provided that they are powered with 100% renewable
electricity from wind, solar, and water.
The good news is, we’re making progress:
Council has reduced its own
carbon emissions by 70%
below our baseline emissions
from 2010/2011, meaning
we’re on track to meet our
emissions reduction target of
net zero Council operational
emissions by 2030!
Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre
Construction is now well underway for the world leading Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre.
The centre is an Australian first all-electric facility, 100% renewable energy powered facility utilising
heat pump technology and 1100 solar panels. The facility has achieved a coveted 6 Star Green Star
rating which identifies it as ‘world leading’ for sustainability.
Artists impression of the new Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre
Word Cloud generated as part of The Climate Action Online School Summit

Resilient Rebuild: Growing our Strength
Key evaluation question:
What evidence is there that the resilient rebuild is occurring in Brimbank via sustainability
improvements to the built environment, and that people are getting around more easily and
often on foot, by bike, or by public transport?
Project wins and milestones
Brimbank advocated to the Victorian Government for
ongoing ambitious improvements to Environmentally
Sustainable Design (ESD) standards in new buildings
through the planning scheme through our partnership
with the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built
Environment (CASBE).
Water reduction savings built into new residential
developments in Brimbank have been improving year
on year, with new projects reducing their potable
water use by an average of 35% in 2021.
Average NatHERS star ratings for new residential
project developments in Brimbank have been steadily
increasing from the 6 star minimum required under
building regulation to an average rating of 6.43 for
new projects in 2021.
Active transport in the municipality of Brimbank got a
boost with over five kilometres of shared user paths
installed during the 2021/2022 financial year!
Brimbank established its Water Sensitive Urban
Design 10-Year Asset Management Plan. This
includes an ongoing maintenance and repair budget
allocation each year to help keep Brimbank’s streets
green and cool and protect creeks and rivers from
stormwater pollution.
Brimbank’s Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-
2025 included ‘Collaboration with community in
addressing climate change and its impacts on health’
as one of its five key priorities.
Brimbank is partnering in the Jesuit Social Services’
Mobilising Climate Just and Resilient Communities
in Melbourne’s West project. The project is aimed at
organisations who support community health and
wellbeing to gain an understanding of community
climate risks, vulnerabilities, strengths, and needs
for the future, enabling them to take collective
climate action.
Council adopted a refreshed Transport Priorities Paper,
which includes our vision for supporting a sustainable,
active transport network that supports the transition
to electric vehicles. The Paper also renewed calls for
a Victorian Transport Plan and advocated to relevant
ministers and local MP’s.
Council provided a submission to Major Road Projects
Victoria regarding their investigatory work on the
future Calder Freeway Calder Park Drive interchange.
The submission included calls to ensure the project
protects biodiversity and supports development of
Brimbank’s urban forest.
100% Renewable: Growing our Energy
Key evaluation question:
What evidence is there that Brimbank is moving towards 100% renewable energy by
2030 and is decarbonising to zero net emissions by 2040?
1 Cook, H, ‘Petrol price surge drives Victoria’s electric vehicle boom’,
The Age, 19 March 2022,
Project wins and milestones
Victorian Energy Collaboration
Council joined the Victorian Energy
Collaboration (VECO), Australia’s largest local
government sector emissions reduction
project. All Brimbank Council buildings, sports
grounds, community venues, leisure centres
and street lights are now powered by 100%
renewable electricity!
The Dundonnell Wind Farm will be one of
the two major renewable energy facilities
providing energy to councils through the
VECO contract.
Our $3.4 million street lighting upgrade project is now
complete. Four thousand street lights were upgraded
to energy efficient LED lighting. The project is set to
save Council $6 million net over 20 years through
reduced energy bills and maintenance charges.
In June 2021, the postcode 3020 covering Sunshine,
Albion, Sunshine North and Sunshine West boasted
the highest number of electric, hydrogen and plug-in
hybrid vehicles in the state with 549 registrations
Well done 3020!
Council received the Aquatics and Recreation Victoria
Industry Award for sustainability for the Sunshine
Aquatic Centre, recognising active involvement in
reducing carbon emissions and water usage. Upgrades
include LED lighting and solar panels.
Work has continued to electrify Council’s fleet by 2030
with the completion of a Fleet Transition Plan and new
project focused on implementation.
Kororoit Creek Neighborhood House is on it’s way
to being a model electric facility powered by 100%
renewable energy, with installation of an electric hot
water system and induction cooking.
Council installed over 50 kilowatts of solar PV on
community sports pavilions across Brimbank.
Council launched the Brimbank Community Solar
Program as a council supported supplier for solar
panels and renewable energy upgrades for residents
and businesses in Brimbank.
The new Federal Labor government promised a large
community battery for Brimbank that will provide
enough storage to support up to 250 local households.
Dundonnell Wind Farm image courtesy of
Tilt Renewables Australia Pty Ltd
New shared user path at Green Gully Reserve
Mayor Jasmine Nguyen, West Welcome Wagon chair
Chris Scerri and Australian Red Cross merchandise
team member Bimo Soeharto at the reusable goods
drop off day.
Green and Cool: Growing our Wellness
Key evaluation question:
What evidence is there the municipality is getting greener and cooler, that habitat for
threatened flora and fauna is protected and connected, and that people are adopting a climate
and health friendly relationship with food?
Circular Economy: Growing our Prosperity
Key evaluation question:
What evidence is there that the Brimbank economy is reducing the amount of waste to landfill,
and maximising the reuse and recycling of other products?
Project wins and milestones
Council received funding from Recycling Victoria to
conduct a feasibility study as a first step towards
developing a new sustainable resource and recovery
centre at the proposed Sunshine Energy Park.
Over 160 compost bins and worm farms were
purchased via Council’s Compost Revolution portal in
the 2021/2022 financial year.
Road projects in Brimbank used 100% recycled
polyethylene terephthalate (PET) yarns produced from
disposed plastic bottles as a pavement reinforcement
material this year. Every 1kg of recycled PET yarn saves
around 4.3kg of CO2 emissions by avoiding use of
conventional reinforcement.
We’re getting Brimbank ready for a new four-bin model
that separates waste, recycling, food and garden
organics, and glass. We heard your feedback about
the new system and received a total of 823 survey
responses and had 165 conversations at our shopping
centre pop-ups!
Over 200 Brimbank households attended Council’s
Reusable Goods Drop-Off Day, held at Victoria
University in Sunshine. West Welcome Wagon
collected 5 tonnes of household furniture and
appliances to donate to vulnerable families and The
Red Cross accepted 701kgs of clothing, bags and
books to sell in their opportunity shops.
Recycled materials to build our roads
A sustainable asphalt mix made up of recycled crushed glass and recycled asphalt is being used to construct
roads throughout Brimbank as part of a trial in partnership with the Australian Road Research Board,
Sustainability Victoria and the Victorian Department of Transport. The mix is made using 34 tonnes of
recycled asphalt and 17 tonnes of recycled crushed glass – equivalent to 34,000 glass bottles collected from
Brimbank recycling bins. If successful, these materials could pave the way for using recycled glass in road
materials and greatly reduce demand for mining new materials for use in road construction. A total of 470
tonnes of asphalt used in road projects this year contained sustainable crushed glass material!
Project wins and milestones
Dempster Park Oasis Project
The new stormwater harvesting system at
Dempster Park in Sunshine North is now
operational. This system forms the core of the
Dempster Park Oasis project which uses water
and plants to create a cool and green oasis that
can counteract the hotter and drier conditions
caused by climate change. By cleaning nearby
stormwater and using it to irrigate the park,
the system is able to save up to 11 million litres
of water each year- the same as over four
Olympic sized swimming pools! The system’s
native plant raingarden also provides a valuable
semi-aquatic habitat for native wildlife.
44,750 seedlings were planted for native revegetation
and habitat restoration purposes over the 2021
planting season.
Stage 1 of the More Trees for a Cooler Greener West
saw over 832 trees planted in local streets in 2021.
Council spent $1.96M on seedlings and semi mature
trees for local streets and parks in the financial year
2021/2022. The annual contribution is part of our
ongoing commitment to increase tree canopy cover
under our Urban Forest Strategy.
A total of 12% of Council’s water use was met through
alternative stormwater harvesting for irrigation.
The Brimbank Tree Policy was adopted and included
provisions for valuing and managing trees on public
and private land, best practice maintenance, and
community engagement to support our aim for 30%
tree canopy cover in Brimbank by 2046.
Brimbank’s School Pollinator Gardens program is now
in its third year. This year we engaged the Dame Phyllis
Frost Centre to grow local native wildflower seedlings
for local schools to help provide habitat for pollinators.
The Saving Seeds, Growing Communities program
involved education around indigenous plants and
native plant giveaways to the local community.
Community engagement commenced for the Creating
Streets for People Draft Policy, which is a long term
vision to guide how Brimbank’s streets should look,
function, and support the community in the future.
Brimbank supported the development of an
interactive online map of local ‘Cool Places’ and water
refilling stations.
Brimbank developed three videos about keeping
cool during hot weather and heat events, including
information on how to stay cool, how to support
others and the links between climate change and
heatwaves in Brimbank.
The Mayor wrote to the Minister for Energy,
Environment and Climate Change to request an
immediate end to logging in our forested drinking
water catchments east of Melbourne. Logging has
been shown to be reducing the water available
equivalent to the needs of 250,000 Melbournians
New native plant raingarden at Dempster Park

and Green
Urban design, parks,
integrated water
management, landfill
100% Renewable
Green electricity,
lighting and
appliance upgrades,
solar PV
Resilient Rebuild
Walking and cycling infrastructure, pedestrian
facilities, city planning
Waste management
Environment Stewardship
and Community
Draft Annual Budget
Building a sustainable
Brimbank City Council’s Annual Budget 2022-23 includes a range of initiatives
that are building a more sustainable Brimbank.
10.5% of the total budget has been ‘green tagged’

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