MACEDON Ranges residents are invited to join council’s new climate plan, Cool-ER, which will guide the community to tackle climate change.

Building on the previous Cool Changes program, Cool-ER Changes is designed to focus on the environment’s future, creating a Macedon Ranges Shire wide Climate Emergency Response Plan.

The plan will be followed by several themed workshops between March and June, discussing topics including health ecosystems, renewable energy, waste management and responses to natural disaster.

The official launch at Kyneton Town Hall on Thursday, from 7pm to 8.30pm, will feature the debut screening of Bridging the Divide – a short film voicing young and old residents’ thoughts on climate change.

Cool-ER Changes aligns with Macedon’s Council Plan 2021-2031 that includes a statement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to lessen the severity of climate change through community and council action.

It also follows with council’s recent endorsed Counting Down to Zero plan, to tackle zero net emissions across council-managed facilities and operations by 2030.

Mayor Annette Death encouraged all the shire’s residents to participate with the new plan that would help council achieve their climate goals.

“Through the Cool Changes program, council worked with residents across the Macedon Ranges to help address climate action at a localised level – this was important, but only one part of the story,” she said.

“Cool-ER Changes will result in a more universal action plan. From renewables to rural land management practices, future-proofing community sport to the liveability of our homes, there will be something tangible for everyone to take action on.”

For more information and to register attendance for the Cool-ER Changes launch, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/Cool-ER-Changes