Fifteen councils have now supported a Fossil Ad Ban, with South Australia’s Mitcham City Council and New South Wales Blue Mountains City Council voting in September.
Mitcham City Council successfully carried the motion:
- Council will not advertise / or accept advertising on any Council controlled signage on Council property by companies whose main business is the extraction or sale of coal, oil and gas.
- Council will not accept sponsorship from companies whose main business is the extraction or sale of coal, oil or gas.
- That all relevant Council policies be reviewed and updated to reflect this policy position.
- That Council advertise this policy position via its website and inform relevant stakeholders, including but not limited to Federal and State Local Members of Parliament and sporting clubs.
The policy applies to all future advertising and sponsorships.
Blue Mountains council debated a motion that stated, ‘… Council recognises that the marketing of high emissions products, such as petroleum and gas through sponsorships or advertising increases demand and delays behaviour changes in the community that are required to reduce emissions’
Councillors requested that the CEO:
- Decline all future events where the primary objective is to promote fossil fuel use;
- Update the Policy statement in the Community Buildings Policy to prohibit advertisements for fossil fuels on community buildings, during its next review cycle;
- Include a statement in the Community Facility Strategic Action Plan to ban fossil fuel advertising; and
- Review other policies and strategies when they are being renewed or updated to remove support for companies whose main business is the extraction, production or sale of coal, petroleum and gas.
A massive thank you to all the councillors who voted to prioritise the health and wellbeing of their communities!
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