The City supports the research and application of hydrogen power in Mandurah through the NERA cluster program. This program is a collaboration with Murdoch University, local governments and power companies across the Perth and Peel region. By collaborating, the network can bring together regional strengths to build a national approach to hydrogen power.
Hydrogen power in the city will support hybrid cars, ‘green’ steel and aluminium manufacturing and an extra off-grid renewable energy supply. It will work with other renewable energy sources and energy efficiency actions already in place.
The program also provides opportunities for further education and jobs to support the new technology.
This partnership was formed in 2011 to address the coastal impacts of climate change from Cape Peron in Rockingham and Cape Naturaliste in Busselton. The partnership is made of nine local governments including Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Dardenup, Harvey, Mandurah, Murray, Rockingham, and Waroona.
The City regularly collaborates with AAEE on environmental education projects including the first-ever virtual AAEE conference in 2020 and the 2021 biennial conference.
The biennial conference was held here in Mandurah in September 2021. It was the first time the national conference was held in the Peel region and attracted researchers and practitioners from across the country, as well local environmental enthusiasts and youth panellists.
The conference theme was ‘Mandjoogoordap: Changing Tides’ and was held at the beginning of Kambarang, one of the six Noongar seasons which celebrates birth and new life.
The City was the primary sponsor of the conference and worked with other funding partners and organisations including Millennium Kinds, Lotterywest, Business Events Perth, Peel Harvey Catchment Council, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Whiteman Park, SERCUL, and Sustainable Schools WA.