Deputy prime minister and local member for the Riverina, Michael McCormack has weighed into the climate change discussions, following Wagga City Council's declaration of emergency.
Mr McCormack would not state either way whether he approved the decision made by council on Monday night, or whether he subscribed to his state Nationals counterpart, Wes Fang's opinion.
Speaking from his role as a member of the upper house, Mr Fang this week criticised the declaration as a "self-indulgent" threat to the city's growth.
"Addressing global environmental issues, including those relating to climate, requires a global solution," Mr McCormack said.
"This has to be achieved in a responsible manner without de-industrialising our nation and driving energy costs through the roof."
Mr McCormack addressed the threats made by two investors - Customs Originals and Preston Grain - to abandon the city should Monday night's decision force stricter business conditions.
"Media reports of businesses threatening to pull out of investing in the city after the Wagga City Council approved a motion to declare a climate emergency are concerning but I am not going to enter into any hypotheticals regarding what may or may not happen following the council's decision," Mr McCormack said.
"What I don't want to see are job losses or businesses being lugged with more red tape which will discourage development and the growth of our city."
Recognition and management of climate-related problems is a federal issue, to which Mr McCormack assured measures would be taken.
He said the coalition government would take actions between now and 2030 to reduce emission to below 2005-levels.
"We took our policy to the federal election and we were endorsed by the majority of the Australian people to deliver our pragmatic plan.
"The Government has established a $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Plan as well as a new $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund which will ensure we meet our 2030 Paris commitments by supporting practical measures such as re-vegetation of degraded land, reducing waste and improving energy efficiency."