Australia's climate is changing. Increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, changing rainfall patterns and more frequent and intense extreme climatic events are likely.
As climate change impacts will be experienced at regional and local levels, councils may be best placed to manage these risks.
Councils, along with Commonwealth and State Governments and other stakeholders, have a responsibility to prepare for climate change. Councils can play a key role by adopting policies and practices in relation to climate change mitigation and adaptation, targeting both council operations and services to the community.
Climate change has the potential to damage council assets, cause serious disruptions to the delivery of council services, generate unbudgeted financial impacts and affect the wellbeing of the community, particularly those vulnerable to weather extremes.
We are aware that councils need to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change (adaptation) and have a significant role in reducing the degree of climate change which may occur (mitigation).
Climate change adaptation resources for NSW councils
The NSW Government in association with LGNSW is providing funding assistance to NSW councils to address identified climate risks and increase resilience. Case studies and videos of completed projects demonstrating some of the great work being undertaken that can be applied to other councils can be found on the case studies page.
Ku-ring-gai Council was funded through the Increasing Resilience to Climate Change program to use the Simtable modelling tool to improve public engagement and preparation for the threat of bushfires and other extreme weather events in the Ku-ring-gai area. The bushfire preparedness video introduced by LGNSW President Linda Scott highlights the unique features of the Simtable and how it is being used as part of the Council’s Climate Wise Communities program to build resilience to climate change.