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Singapore High Commissioner visits Wodonga to talk climate change

 26 April 2017

Singapore's High Commissioner, His Excellency, Mr Kwok Fook Seng, is the special guest at an event being held by North East Water this week.

Mr Kwok will share some of his experiences as Singapore's Chief Negotiator on Climate Change at the Paris Climate Conference of 2015.

The talk is the first in a series of three climate forums being held as an initiative of the Wangaratta Sustainability Network (WSN) and hosted by North East Water.

WSN Secretary, Dr Rowan O'Hagan, said today "We're delighted to have Mr Kwok visit the North East and meet with our community about opportunities to respond to climate change.'

"The event is being held in the lead-up to the 'Business Benefits of Climate Change Forums' in Wangaratta on June 1st and 2nd which are aimed at local business and organisations.

"Climate change can be an overwhelming subject for people. We want to highlight some local responses to climate change that we hope will inspire people to take action in their own business."

North East Water Chair, David McKenzie, said the Corporation is pleased to partner with others to promote the business benefits of climate change.

"We have committed to some significant renewable energy targets and to our business being carbon neutral by 2050," Mr McKenzie said.

"The Corporation has several great projects to help reach that goal, including the use of solar battery storage at our Yackandandah water treatment plant as well as a large scale, solar installation being planned at our wastewater treatment facility in West Wodonga.

"We believe that if all organisations adopt measures to adapt and mitigate for climate change, we'll make a difference to a major global problem."

For more information on the Business Benefits of Climate Change Forum on 1-2 June 2017, go to www.wangarattasustainability.org/.