KCDC and GWRC have started work on their spending plans for 2018-21 (referred to as Long Term Plans). To a large extent these plans will determine what activities will take place during this period including investments in low carbon technologies, infrastructure and supporting activities.
Low Carbon Kāpiti call for KCDC fulfill the commitment it made in 2012 to cut its emissions by 80% by the year 2021-22 (see www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/cemars). Their main chance to allocate resources to achieve this is in the 2018-21 Long Term Plan. This will involve committing to convert the district’s streetlights to LED technology, improving energy efficiency in its buildings and treatment plants, phasing out the use of fossil fuels in its vehicle fleet and at its swimming pools and increasing tree planting. Furthermore, investments in local facilities for walkers, cyclists and electric vehicles should be increased.
Greater Wellington Regional Council also has carbon reduction targets and plans that need to be adequately resourced, and improved public transport services are critical to making it easier for residents to live lower-carbon lifestyles. Low Carbon Kāpiti supports increased rail services between Waikanae to Ōtaki and northwards and will focus on enabling actions for this GWRC can take in the 2018-21 period.
Update 24 November 2017
KCDC Long Term Plan
Well done to everyone that helped by putting submissions about the lack of any mention of climate change in KCDC draft ‘key issues and approaches’ for the Long Term Plan earlier this year. KCDC responded by inserting some wording in their final ‘key themes’:
‘We need to protect and enhance what we have through sustainable practices and responding to climate change in a way that’s aligned with national policy.’
You can read the whole thing here.
Given the agenda of the new government, ‘being aligned with national policy’ means they will find it harder to drag their heels. Our next job is to influence the draft plan prior to it being finalised for public consultation next year. Join the member list (email) or facebook page to stay up to date with this.
GWRC Long Term Plan
Greater Wellington have started their community consultation on their Long Term Plan, by canvas the public on their ‘key priorities’. Climate change is already identified as an area where they wish to take a leadership role, so this is a good start. Through this website the public can make comments in a discussion forum format. We will issue more guidance about our groups ‘talking points’ in the near future, but if you want to wade in now, feel free!