South East Councils Climate Change Alliance

The South East Councils Climate Change Alliance – SECCCA – works through partnerships with Councils, community, industry and state and national governments.

SECCCA projects have included greenhouse gas abatement for household and agricultural businesses, and developing carbon sinks to offset Council emissions.

SECCCA is an important partner in addressing Climate Change in Casey. Recent projects in which the City of Casey has been involved, include:

Save it for the Game- Casey Council, in conjunction with SECCCA is working with local sporting clubs to help them save on power costs by improving energy efficiency. It is anticipated that some clubs could save up to 30 per cent by implementing simple measures and upgrading or retrofitting facilities as funds become available. Seven of Casey’s sports clubs are participating in the pilot program, and all other clubs are encouraged to participate as the program rolls out.

Energy Saver Study - 48 households in Casey are part of a study run by SECCCA to inform government of the best ways to help people in low income households reduce their energy use and associated costs.

Eco Driver Program - Council drivers are being trained by specialists in SECCCA to reduce emissions and save on costs through more efficient and safer vehicle management. It is anticipated that fuel costs could be reduced by at least 10 per cent when these learnings are applied. One of the councils implementing this training reports a $23,000 saving over the past four months!

SECCCA also works on projects to help Councils plan to adapt to climate change from coastal planning to emergency management.

Two SECCCA officers work under the direction of the Management Committee. These staff are hosted by the City of Casey and sit in the Environment Department.

History

In 2004, the five Councils immediately adjacent to Western Port formed the Western Port Greenhouse Alliance to collaborate on projects to respond to climate change. In 2009 they were joined by three Councils from further afield to form the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance. City of Greater Dandenong Council joined SECCCA in 2013.

The nine SECCCA councils are

  • City of Casey
  • Bass Coast Shire Council
  • Bayside City Council
  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • City of Greater Dandenong Council
  • City of Kingston
  • Frankston City Council
  • Mornington Peninsula Council
  • Shire of Baw Baw

For more information, visit South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCCA).