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22 Feb 2010

Transition Sunshine Coast delivers EDAP

Sonya Wallace (L) and Janet Millington with the Sunshine Coast Energy Descent Action Plan.

Sonya Wallace (L) and Janet Millington with the Sunshine Coast Energy Descent Action Plan.

Transition Sunshine Coast is very pleased to announce they have delivered their Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council. The Sunshine Coast EDAP covers the entire region of the Sunshine Coast located in Queensland, Australia which has a population of 330,000+ and covers an area of more than 3100 square km.

Written by a small yet committed group of locals and facilitated by Transition Sunshine Coast founders Sonya Wallace and Janet Millington, the plan is the first step in creating opportunities for bottom up, top down cooperation between communities and council in response to peak oil and climate change.

“We’re so pleased to be able to deliver our EDAP to a receptive council. We’ve been working hard to build relationships within the community and with local government by raising awareness about the need to prepare for peak oil and the impacts of climate change and it seems that hard work has paid off,” Sonya Wallace said.

“Our progressive council recognises the need for community partnerships and embraces the EDAP and Transition Initiatives to further their sustainability objectives. This living document is now informing council policy,” Janet Millington said. The plan delivers almost 400 positive actions, community projects and doable solutions for individuals, households, neighbourhoods, communities, businesses, regions and governments to take to prepare for a more resilient future.

Following the Transition Town model and the Kinsale EDAP, the Sunshine Coast EDAP identified and considered a wide range of areas that will be affected by energy descent such as;

food supply, water, energy, waste, infrastructure, transport and mobility, built environment and housing, communication, health and wellbeing, formal education systems and reskilling of the community, employment and economics, community governance, land stewardship and biodiversity and emergency preparedness in the context of energy descent.

The group of Sunshine Coast locals who created Australia’s first Energy Descent Action Plan.

The group of Sunshine Coast locals who created Australia’s first Energy Descent Action Plan.

The actions were delivered to the region’s Energy Transition Project Reference Group, formed in 2009 by council and with Transition Town representatives on board along with national climate change experts, ASPO representatives, energy experts, councillors and council staff, the group will create an Energy Transition Policy for the region in response to peak oil and climate change to be finalised by June 2010.

Transition Sunshine Coast will now begin the process of delivering the document to Transition Towns within the region and Transition Town Eudlo’s EDAP will be the first of many local EDAPs to be created within the regional one. Transition Sunshine Coast will also endeavour to distribute their EDAP through the international Transition Network and add it to the steadily growing e-library of information available to other groups around the world.

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Russ Faure-Brac
22 Feb 5:00pm

How can I get a copy of their EDAP? It may serve as a model for the one we are developing.

23 Feb 1:20pm

Yes, a copy please…

Chris R.
10 Mar 3:26pm

It’s great to see new EDAP’s adopted. Have any of these plans formally replaced/succeeded municipal master or comprehensive plans or have their processes been marketed as this? I’d be interested in whether any such EDAP or sustainability plan risen to the stature of a local master plan.

24 Mar 5:59pm

How is it going since then?
It would be great if I could get a copy too of this EDAP
All the best

mathew costin
30 Apr 10:23am

hi janet and sonya.
would you please email me a copy of the EDAP please. I am considering writing a TRANSITION AUSTRALIA type essay/book/video and it would be a huge help.
Cheers and love to you both
lisa-jane and mathew

mathew costin
30 Apr 10:24am

by the way – i forgot to say – congratulations. what an amazing achievement.