Mayor on climate change council

BUNDABERG mayor Lorraine Pyefinch has been appointed to the Federal Government’s Coasts and Climate Change Council.

The appointment means she is the only Queensland mayor currently sitting on the council.

The council was established in late 2009 to engage communities and stakeholders and to advise the federal government on key issues.

The council also provided advice to the Federal Government on coastal climate change adaptation, developing activities to build national awareness of the issue and engaging with communities and key stakeholders.

Some of the council’s preliminary conclusions recognise that Australia is a coastal nation where most people live, work and recreate with population numbers in city, regional and even some coastal locations continuing to grow.

The council’s initial findings recommend that Australia cannot ignore the evidence that climate change during this century will have significant adverse impacts on living conditions, the economy and the environments of coastal regions.

So far the council has recommended that national action is needed urgently to equip Australia to cope with the serious threats to the coast posed by climate change.

Cr Pyefinch said she was honoured to represent the interests of coastal Queensland communities on this important issue.

She said she hoped her inclusion would reinforce community concern about issues such as potential costs to local government and the community, mitigation strategies and liabilities.

Cr Pyefinch attended a meeting of the Coasts and Climate Change Council in Melbourne yesterday, with all costs met by the federal government.

Cr Pyefinch replaced Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke on the council.

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