Community members advocating for action to address climate change have delivered a People's Climate Strategy to Ballarat's members of parliament.
The Friends of the Earth document collates Victorian's views on the impacts of climate change and urgently needed climate action, filling gaps in government climate policy.
Ballarat transport and climate activist Ben Lever delivered the strategy to Wendouree MP Juliana Addison on Friday morning.
He spoke with Ms Addison about the opportunities in Ballarat for climate action.
If we want to start converting our public transport fleet to electric, Ballarat would really benefit out of that.Ben Lever
"We talked about the way Ballarat is really well suited for the transition to electric vehicles and electric public transport," he said.
"We have Alstom and Bombardier in Ballarat and a bus company. If we want to start converting our public transport fleet to electric, Ballarat would really benefit out of that.
"Ballarat is a really good size when it comes to being accessible by bike and not too car dependent but that will mean different levels of government will have to work together to make sure we don't sprawl."
Mr Lever contributed to the People's Climate Strategy through a questionnaire about the climate impacts and opportunities for climate action he saw for the region.
He said he participated in a roundtable held for Ballarat groups last year that discussed topics including sustainable housing, transport and food production.
"I think it is really import for the current government at the state and federal level to really see how much of climate change is already happening around Victoria and how important it is to the people of Victoria that we take bold action on climate change and drive down those emissions as fast as we can," Mr Lever said.
Elizabeth Wade and Jess Cadwallader met with a staff member from MP Jaala Pulford's office on Friday to deliver a copy of the strategy.
Ms Wade said they discussed the need for sufficient resourcing and planning to ensure no workers were left behind as Victoria transitioned from fossil fuel to renewable industries.
"We also spoke about the need for greater funding for 'low carbon' jobs that are also a real area of need, such as teachers, caring roles and social services," she said.
"We also spoke of the lack of sense in opening up new gas exploration in Victoria, both offshore and onshore after the five-year temporary ban on new gas exploration lifts at the end of this month."
Other recommendations from the Ballarat roundtable included in the strategy are that all houses can access regular public transport and the need for higher minimum standards for sustainability and efficiency of new houses.
Another recommendation was for community-owned renewable energy and utilisation of spaces in the city, for example solar panels over all car parks.
Ms Wade and Ms Cadwallader also dropped a copy of the strategy to MP Catherine King's office and will deliver the document to Buninyong MP Michaela Settle next week.
Copies of the document were delivered to government representatives around the state.
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