Climate change and environmental initiatives could receive an additional $11 million funding boost over ten years as part of Christchurch City Council’s 10-year budget.
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the investment in targeted initiatives is additional to the millions of dollars already invested through infrastructure and parks spending to better understand and be more resilient in the face of climate change.
The Council consulted in parallel on its Draft Long Term Plan 2021 – 31 and the draft Kia tūroa te ao, Ōtautahi Christchurch Climate Resilience Strategy. The draft strategy outlines the four climate goals for our district and identifies the areas we need to focus on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so that Christchurch achieves its target of net zero emissions by 2045.
“Although they were separate consultations, many of the submissions received for both had common themes about action required around climate change/ resilience. It came across very strongly in the submissions that our community cares about climate change,” Mayor Dalziel says.
“We have listened to our community and heard loud and clear that it wants the Council to be bolder, braver and make decisions that will take effect sooner rather than later.”
During the period covered by this Draft Long Term Plan 2021–31 our investments to meet this challenge include:
“We also heard that our community want us to take a stronger role on educating people, to help our city meet its climate change targets,” Mayor Dalziel says.
While the bulk of Council’s climate related actions are woven through existing programmes and budgets, the additional $11 million in funding is proposed for the following specific climate change initiatives:
Councillors will vote to adopt the revised LTP and climate change strategy on 21 June 2021. Read the agenda here. You can watch the 21 June Council meeting via our live-stream. The meeting starts at 9am.
Check our website to find out more about Council’s response to climate change.
Please note that the full list of Mayor's recommendations on the Draft Long Term Plan will be available later today.