Corangamite MP agrees we’re facing a climate emergency

Libby Coker MP has congratulated the Surf Coast Shire on their decision to declare a climate emergency, saying it is imperative that all levels of government make a commitment to stronger action on climate change.

Ms Coker said she supported local councils declaring a climate emergency and called on the federal government to follow the lead of the state government, and increasingly local governments,  as they act decisively to address climate change.

“I applaud the Surf Coast Shire on their decision. It is a clear indication of the concern amongst the local community who are witnessing the impact of climate change on the environment both locally and globally.”

“Australia is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and those impacts are being felt across Corangamite now. We are witnessing the loss of habitats, coastal erosion, increased heatwaves and drought.”

“I want to reiterate my calls for the federal government to face the reality that climate change is real and we are facing a climate emergency. We must act to protect Australia’s future.”

“I will be giving my First Speech to Parliament on Tuesday 10 September and will be raising the climate emergency as a key issue for Australia’s future.”

“The Morrison Government must commit to effective emissions reductions, better support the renewable energy industry and take a leadership role in our region to help facilitate a shift towards a climate friendly future.”  

Coker to host Corangamite Youth Climate Forum

Are you concerned about the state of our local environment? Do you have questions about climate change and its impact on our future? Would you like to know more about what you can do to help?

Federal Member for Corangamite Libby Coker is hosting the inaugural Corangamite Youth Climate Forum where you can:

  • Hear from local environmentalists;
  • Take the opportunity to quiz your local member on national climate policy;
  • Speak with and join the Geelong Branch of the Australian
    Youth Climate Coalition.

If you are interested, and under 30 years old, you are invited to the Corangamite Youth Climate Forum. This forum will be held in conjunction with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

The forum will be held on Sunday 15 September from 10am until 11.30am at Lecture Theatre KA3.411 at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds.

Speakers include Erica Crawford and Jarrah Wishart from AYCC, Libby Coker MP, representatives from Surf Riders – Surf Coast, Bellarine Catchment Network and others.

If you would like to let us know you are coming along, or have any questions about this event, please contact the electorate office by calling 03 5243 1444 or by sending an email to

Matt Crawley
Bellarine Catchment Network

Matt is a resident of the Bellarine and has worked in community engagement and environment projects in the Mallee, North Central and Geelong region for the past 20 years. For the past 12 years matt has worked with the Bellarine Catchment Network as Program Manager. Matt has a strong interest in the Flora and Fauna of the Bellarine and assisting local community groups to deliver projects that help to protect and enhance these values. Matt has seen the Bellarine Catchment Network continue to support existing groups as well as developing new environmental groups. Matt sits on a number of State and regional working groups including State Coastcare Strategy, Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan Working Group, Barwon Water Environmental Advisory Committee and Bellarine Rail Trail Advisory Committee.

John Foss
Surfrider Foundation Surf Coast Branch

John is a passionate surfer who has been actively campaigning to protect local beaches since 1989. He has organised dozens of beach clean ups and other events to promote issues around beach litter, coastal management and climate change. His recent documentary RESPECT POINT IMPOSSIBLE which explores issues around overdevelopment and climate change locally has been seen by almost 4,000 people in the Surf Coast and Geelong region. John is a Life Member of Surfrider and currently sits on the National Board of Surfrider Foundation Australia.

Rebecca Patrick
Deakin University

Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Health Promotion and co-lead of the Health, Nature, Sustainability Research Group at Deakin University. She has a PhD in health promotion and climate change and is the Vice President of the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA).