Monday, 30 March 2015 12:24

Councils can be leaders says Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery presenting at the Advancing Sustainability Leaders graduation event. Tim Flannery presenting at the Advancing Sustainability Leaders graduation event.

WSROC’s newest sustainability leaders graduated last week at the Sydney Maritime Museum in Cockle Bay, Sydney.
Having completed the Advancing Sustainability Leaders (ASL) program in February this year, graduates were treated to a selection of inspirational speakers including Professor Tim Flannery, Chief Commissioner of the Climate Commission.

Mr Flannery applauded the ASL program. He encouraged graduates to prioritise communication with residents as well as within their own organisation. “Local councils can be leaders,” he said. “We’re at the beginning of a big social change. Each one of us as leaders can bring the community with us, to face these challenges.”
He urged perseverance, honesty and use of simple language when interacting with communities and audiences.
“When I first got started … there was almost no awareness that this [climate change] was an issue … for the general public this just wasn’t an issue that affected them.”
“Sometimes you have to tell people as it really is. Even if it’s unpalatable.”
Mr Flannery also commended initiatives such as the WSROC co-ordinated Light Years Ahead street lighting placement project and the actions of its councils. “LED street lighting is a massive, massive win – huge for everyone.”
He encouraged graduates to always be forward thinking and ask, “building on this, what can we do?”
“We’ve got to keep pushing. Just never leave the field. We’ve got to find the mechanisms to keep people fighting.”
The ASL 2014/15 program was delivered as a result of a partnership between WSROC and the Metropolitan Water Directorate and received grant funding from the NSW Environmental Trust.
Training was delivered by experts in sustainability leadership from the Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability (ARIES) a unit at Macquarie University.


 Graduates of the Advancing Sustainability Leaders program, March 2015


About Light Years Ahead
The Light Years Ahead project will replace approximately 13,000 street lights in nine councils across Western Sydney from June 2015. Selected mercury vapour street lights will be replaced with light emitting diode (LED) or equivalent lights. Forecasts indicate major expenditure and carbon emission savings for the participant councils.
This project received funding from the Australian Government.

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