The City of Parramatta has released a long-term plan for achieving its goal of becoming the next global city to achieve C40 status, and is calling on the community to provide feedback.  

C40 is a global network of nearly 100 mayors from the world’s leading cities united in action to lead and tackle the challenges of climate change and build resilient cities and sustainable communities. 

Cities already part of the global network include Stockholm, New York City, Rome, Johannesburg and Jakarta as well as Sydney and Melbourne. 

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor, Pierre Esber, said that the objectives of the network fit with the wider vision for the future of the city. 

“We want a sustainable future for Parramatta, and we walk the talk,” Mayor Esber said. 

“In the past 12 months, we’ve become the first Council in Australia to achieve carbon neutral certification for services in a public domain for Parramatta Square and earned a 6-star Green Star rating for our civic hub, PHIVE. 

“Council is proud to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy since July 2022 and is continuing its work to reduce its carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2038, based on 2015 levels. 

“By the end of 2024, the food organics garden organics (FOGO) waste program will be up and running in our LGA to help divert food waste from landfill and reduce emissions even further.” 

Mayors of C40 cities are committed to using an inclusive, science-based and collaborative approach to cut emissions in half by 2030, helping the world limit global heating to 1.5°C, and to build healthy, equitable, and resilient communities. 

Mayor Esber said that an application to join the C40 network allows Parramatta to expand its wider objectives on the international stage. 

“We’re currently asking the community for feedback on a long-term vision for our city that seeks to secure Parramatta’s status as a global city.  

“It includes plans to create an unrivalled river city that is a global leader in resilience, regeneration and recreation and to create a model city at Camellia-Rosehill that is a world-class example of urban regeneration.” 

Featured image: The river foreshore in Parramatta. Image: City of Parramatta.  

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