Parkes Shire joins councils from the Cities Power Partnership to demand more federal support

Parkes Mayor Ken Keith OAM.

Parkes Mayor Ken Keith OAM.

Parkes mayor Ken Keith has joined with councils across the country to call on the next Federal Government to take swift action to tackle climate change.

Parkes Shire joined councils from the Cities Power Partnership, Australia's largest local government climate alliance to demand more Federal support for local work on climate change, commitment to a national 100% renewable energy target and rapid phase out of fossil fuel subsidies.

Cr Keith OAM said that regional councils such as Parkes could do much more to increase local clean energy uptake with cohesive national support.

"We're doing our bit locally to tackle climate change, but with support from the Federal Government and a clear national climate policy we could do so much more," he said.

"We call on the next Federal Government to ensure that local governments are adequately resourced to tackle climate change, and to commit to credible national climate policy targets a controlled transition to 100% renewables and phase out of fossil fuel subsidies.

"The mayors I stand with today are firmly committed to developing regional climate solutions for their communities - but we need national resources and support to do it."

Climate Councillor Professor Tim Flannery said the next Federal Government must act swiftly to avert a climate crisis - and that means supporting local solutions.

" Australia is not on track to meet its greenhouse gas pollution targets, and without decisive action we're speeding rapidly towards a climate crisis," he said.

"Mayors are making a stand to demand that our next Federal leaders commit to meaningful action on climate change - and that means switching to renewable energy and ending subsidies for the dirty coal and gas industries that are putting our communities at risk of serious climate damage."

The councils are calling on the Federal Government to provide long-term finance to support implementation of clean energy and sustainable transport infrastructure.