Climate Emergency
Plan 2020-2025
Annual Report Card 3
1 July 2022 – 30 June 2023

2022-2023 was year three of the implementation of the
Brimbank Climate Emergency Plan 2020-2025 - Let’s
Co- Create Our Future (the Plan ). Year three of the Plan
saw new projects begin and ongoing projects continue
to deliver positive results, showing Brimbank’s continued
commitment to the Climate Emergency.
The Plan recognised Council’s responsibility to lead a socially
just, science-based, coordinated public policy response to
the crisis and sets 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.
Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre opens its doors
Another big success was the opening of the Brimbank
Aquatic and Wellness Centre. This is a huge milestone for
Brimbank City Council and proof that it is possible for these
traditionally energy intensive council facilities to run off
100% renewable energy.
Compared to a conventional gas powered design, the all
electric and renewable energy powered centre is modelled
to avoid 1,192 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per
annum, approximately 17 per cent reduction of Council’s
overall annual greenhouse emissions.
Brimbank City Council Corporate Emissions
Brimbank City Council’s emissions have traditionally
come largely from a combination of facility gas, vehicle
fuels and electricity use. Council has reduced corporate
greenhouse gas emissions by 78% over the last 10
years. We have achieved this largely by installing roof
top solar, energy efficiency upgrades and purchasing
100% renewable electricity via the Victorian Energy
Collaboration (VECO).
Facility Gas Use
Vehicle Fuels
Electricity Use
Indirect Emissions
25,000 20,000 15,000 10,000 5,000 0
CO2-e tonnes
Finacial Year

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?
Project wins and milestones
The Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre opened
its doors on 12 September 2022 as Australia’s first
100% renewable energy powered, zero greenhouse
gas emissions aquatic centre. The following features
enable the centre to run off all electric energy:
• Four pipe heat pump for simultaneous use in pool
and domestic water heating and space heating and
cooling throughout the centre.
• A 500kW onsite rooftop solar PV system, the
largest of any aquatic centre in Australia.
• A thermal energy storage system with a
capacity of 88,000L
• Remaining electricity needs for the centre
provided from wind farms in regional
Victoria via a long term contract with Red
Energy as part of VECO – the Victorian
Energy Collaboration.
The facility is 76% more efficient in energy use in
operation than a typical equivalent gas powered
facility. It is estimated that by being all-electric,
Council has saved over $353,000 over the first 10
months of operation. Modelling suggests that over
$2,100,000 will be saved over 5 years if current gas
price trends continue.
Since opening, Brimbank has been facilitating tours of
the centre and sharing information with councils and
aquatic centres across Victoria and NSW.
Brimbank Council was successful in receiving $500,000
in grant funding from the Federal Government for a
Community Battery to be installed in Sunshine. The
battery will be used to store energy generated from
local renewable energy sources. Stored energy will then
be dispatched for use when needed most.
To complement Council’s Street Lighting Project
completed last year, 160 decorative street lights have
been replaced with energy efficient LED. The new
lighting is set to avoid 21 tonnes of carbon dioxide
emissions per year.
Council’s Solar Pavilion program delivered three new
solar systems on Council owned sporting facilities
with a new 12.45kw system at McKenchnie Pavilion,
a 12.45kw system at Keilor Sports Club Pavilion and a
2.45kw system at Ainsworth Pavilion.
Council are moving ahead with degasification and have
conducted studies to prepare for the transition to all
electric at Sunshine West Community Centre and Keilor
Community Hub.
A feasibility study was completed for upgrading power
infrastructure at Sunshine Multideck Carpark and Keilor
Operations Centre to support the transition of Council’s
fleet to electric vehicles.
Through the Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action
(WAGA) Council made a submission to the federal
governments Fuel Efficiency Standard Consultation
paper with key recommendations advocating strong
standards that encourage zero emissions vehicle
Also through WAGA, Council made a submission to the
federal governments proposed amendments to the
Safeguard Mechanism aimed at the largest emitters
in Australia. The submission advocated that the
mechanism drive genuine carbon emissions reductions
and not a reliance on offsets, as well as driving
increased market participation.
Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre

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
Brimbank City Council and the Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action partnered with renewable technology
experts Renew for the first time in 2023 to hold an online workshop series providing expert, independent
advice on sustainable solutions for to households in the West. The topics presented as part of the 100%
Renewable Brimbank program included all-electric homes, solar and batteries, energy efficiency, buying
green power, electric vehicles and more.
Antarctica: All To Lose photo exhibition by Lea
Kannar-Lichtenberger, was one of a number of
environmentally themed art exhibits held across
Brimbank in 22/23. It explored how contemporary
consumer culture through tourism is impacting the
remote location.
Council hosted over 50 environmental sustainability
related events over 22/23 with over 1000 people
attending. Events were hosted across Brimbank
including at libraries, Neighbourhood Houses, online
and in habitat and conservation reserves. They
included planting days, renewable energy expert topic
webinars and workshops on growing your own food
and avoiding food waste to name a few.
Five Energy Efficiency Kits and two Thermal Imaging
Camera Kits were made available in Brimbank Libraries
in 2023 for hire to help Brimbank residents make
improvements to their home energy efficiency.
Combined, the kits have been hired 25 times in total
since their launch in early 2023 with a steady ongoing
demand. These are set to help home owners and
renters alike save on energy bills and cut energy use.
Brimbank participated in the Heat Safe Spaces project
in which six Council facilities were assessed for
heatwave resilience to form the basis of a community
resilience project. Council was awarded $5,000
funding as part of the project, to be used to develop
cool packs for community members who access
Council facilities that are promoted as ‘cooler spaces’
during heat events.
Brimbank youth collaboratively developed public
messaging as part of the Youth Heatwave Awareness
Program last year. This year, the messages were used
during heat wave events and are now an ongoing
community engagement tool as part of Council’s
Municipal Heatwave Plan.
Brimbank participated in a nationwide Electrify
Everything campaign to help promote the benefits of
switching to all-electric energy in the household and
made a Go Electric Plan available a part of the 100%
Renewable Brimbank program.
Antarctica: All To Lose photo exhibition by
Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger

Heat wave action
A key theme explored this year is our response to heat wave emergencies. This includes actions we can take
to improve community resilience by keeping our streets, schools and public places green and cool. Projects
including the
Climate Oasis in Schools program
, the commencement of the
Heatwave Safe Spaces
and our ongoing commitment to
increase tree canopy cover to 30% by 2046
through planting
and maintaining canopy trees in the municipality are some ways we’re working to address this.
Students working on a school masterplan as part of the Climate Oasis in Schools project

Green and Cool
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?
Project wins and milestones
The Climate Oasis in Schools program saw more than 50 students from Movelle Primary School and
Copperfield College Junior Campus participate in five workshops to co-design landscape masterplans for
their schools. The masterplans were developed with help from Landscape Architects from Pollen Studio and
Brimbank City Council and are a first step for these schools to improve liveability, support local biodiversity
and improve their resilience against the effects of heat waves.
As part of these workshops, students learnt about the climate emergency and the role of urban greening in
creating a climate oasis. The also participated in activities to identify local flora and fauna and designed their
own school masterplan
A mix of over 74,000 trees, shrubs, wildflowers and
grasses were planted in Brimbank in 22/23.
A study into tree canopy cover over a four year
period has shown despite densification increasing
in the municipality, canopy cover has stayed stable
or increased in 19 out of 25 of all suburbs within the
Brimbank municipality.
Improved urban streetscape projects are underway
at Derrimut Street, Albion where a new pocket park
is being established. New trees and passive irrigation
garden beds are also being implemented as part of
a new look Suffolk Road shopping strip in Sunshine
Multiple tree planting events were held with schools
and community groups in 22/23. An example of
this was the tree planting days held with Sunshine
Heights Primary School and Ardeer South Primary
School Students in Sunshine West. Children from
Grades 3 and 4 and from the Environment Committee
participated to plant 200 seedlings across both
schools. Following the event, an additional 3000
seedlings were planted at the school by Council
contractors as part of our commitment to support
the urban forest canopy cover and provide a cool and
green environment for the school community.
Sunshine Heights Primary School tree planting

Resilient Rebuild
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
In December 2022, Council endorsed the
Draft Sunshine Energy Park Vision Plan for
The proposal for the 54 hectare Sunshine
Energy Park is to serve the emerging Sunshine
CBD to the south, as well as connect to the
Sunshine Hospital precinct to the north. The
park is directly adjacent to the 40 hectare
Albion Quarter urban renewal precinct.
The Draft Plan includes proposals for:
• a sustainability and community hub
• a solar farm
• urban forest
• a state significant indoor stadium and
• new sports fields
In June 2023, consultation with community,
surrounding landowners and key
stakeholders commenced.
Brimbank Council has been provided with $2.7 million
for the delivery of a range of active transport projects
and cycling connections across the Sunshine Precinct
as part of the Sunshine Transport Precinct Activation
Brimbank City Council was one of many voices as part
of the CASBE alliance who contributed to the great
outcome of strengthened state wide Environmentally
Sustainable Design requirements. These will come
into effect within the National Construction Code from
October 2023 onwards. Changes include minimum
7 Star NatHers rating for all new builds and EV ready
electrical infrastructure to be implemented in new
apartment buildings.
Through the Australian Local Government
Association, Council advocated to the federal
government for strong leadership and financial
support to improve disaster mitigation and
resilience efforts to lessen the impacts on local
assets and infrastructure through our Submission
To The Emergency Response Amendment (Disaster
Ready Fund) Bill and our submission into the Inquiry
Into The Implications Of Severe Weather Events On
Artists impression from the Sunshine Energy Park Draft Vision Plan

Circular Economy
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
From 1 July 2022, food scraps were accepted in Council’s opt-in green waste bin service, now making
green bins inclusive of Food Waste and Organic Waste (FOGO). To help spread the word Council delivered a
campaign focusing on the benefits of FOGO for the environment and to transition to a circular economy. Over
the past year residents diverted over 15,000 tonnes of food and garden organics from landfill
Council held two Reusable Drop off Days this year
where residents could donate unwanted household
items in good condition, with the purpose of reuse.
Items collected included kitchen and electrical
appliances, bicycles, furniture, linen and clothing.
A total of 168 residents participated over these
events and charities including West Welcome Wagon,
Helping Hands Mission and Green Collect collected
reusable goods for redistribution.
22 Brimbank Council residents celebrated National
Recycling Week 2022 by attending a tour of
Veolia’s organic processing facility. This facility uses
Australian-made technology to turn thousands of
tonnes of organic waste into high-grade compost
and mulch. Participants witnessed what happens
after their food and garden organics bin is emptied
including processing and new products created.
Brimbank City Council, in partnership with
the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB),
Sustainability Victoria (SV) and the Victorian
Department of Transport (DoT) is using recycled
crushed glass and recycled asphalt as a replacement
for natural sand to construct roads within the
municipality. The new sustainable asphalt mix will be
independently monitored for performance under a
new research trial.
The sustainable asphalt mix will be used to resurface
Newbury Street and Gould Street. The mix equates
to 17 tonnes of recycled crushed glass - or that’s
34,000 glass bottles collected from Brimbank
recycling bins – and up to 34 tonnes of recycled
Brimbank City Council’s updated catering services
tender specifications encourage sustainable
environmental practices including low ‘food mileage’
and minimized packaging as part of requirements for
businesses providing catering for Council events.
Brimbank’s Bin Feedback program launched to help
gather data on contamination rates in recycling and
Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside
bins, as well as to help educate residents on how to
improve. As part of this program Council will inspect
1000 recycling and FOGO bins each month. Residents
will receive direct feedback via a bin tag and postcard.
Other exciting circular economy initiatives over 22/23
• A reusable nappy education program for local
families and Council maternal healthcare
nurses. The program includes a reusable
nappy starter pack for participants.
• Reusable Party Kits are now available for loan
via five participating neighbourhood houses.
Email to
make a booking.
• The Wash Against Waste initiative was rolled
out at the annual Christmas Party, avoiding
over 1,000 disposable pieces of catering ware.
Reusable Drop-off Day
Reusable Party Kit
Tour of the Veolia organic processing facility

Climate change is a pressing issue for Brimbank City
Council that is already having social, economic and
environmental impacts in our municipality. While we are
taking steps to tackle these impacts, more needs to be
done and some issues are tougher than others. Three
key challenges for Council are:
Getting off gas.
Natural gas is used in at least 38 Council facilities.
Using gas as an energy source in Council means
using a fossil fuel which, unlike our electricity,
cannot be sourced renewably. Degasification of our
facilities is a key step towards zero net emissions
for Council operations by 2030 but comes with
a significant up front cost as we switch over gas
systems and appliances to electric alternatives.
However, over the long term getting off gas is
expected to save Council money.
To ‘get off gas’ we are implementing three key
actions. The first is to ensure no new gas systems or
appliances are installed in Council facilities. The second
is to ensure an end-of-life gas appliance is replaced
with an electric alternative. The third is to develop a
degasification plan which prioritises the replacement
of all gas appliances over time.
Fleet transition to electric vehicles.
Council’s fleet of vehicles includes passenger vehicles,
utes, small & large trucks. The great majority of these
are Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles powered
by petrol or diesel. To meet zero net emissions for
Council operations by 2030 means converting as many
of these as possible to electric vehicles (EVs). The
challenge with this is that currently, not all vehicles
have an electric alternative and that for those that do,
the electric version is generally much more expensive
to purchase. However, EVs are cheaper to run and
Net zero community emissions by 2040.
Our Climate Emergency Plan sets a target of net zero
community emissions for the municipality by 2040. This
will be an enormous challenge as Council has limited
influence on the controlling factors for the majority
of those emissions sources. The biggest source of
emissions for the community in Brimbank is energy
use (gas and electricity sourced from fossil fuels) and
transport. Supporting the community to achieve net
zero emissions is a high priority for Council.
The figure below shows that Brimbank’s municipal
emissions largely comes from a combination of
electricity, gas and vehicle fuels.
Total Municipal Emissions
Total municipal emissions
2 239 000
† CO2e
On road

and Green
Urban design, parks, integrated
water management,
ecological management and
100% Renewable
Solar PV and electrification,
lighting and appliance
Resilient Rebuild
Walking and cycling infrastructure, pedestrian
facilities, environmentally sustainable design
Recycling, food organics
and garden organics (FOGO),
reuse and circular
economy programs
Environmental stewardship,
education and community
Green tagged
annual budget 2022-23
Building a sustainable
Brimbank City Council’s Annual Budget 2022-23 included a range of initiatives for
building a more sustainable Brimbank.
5.03% of the total budget was ‘green tagged’

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