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Climate Change

Our goal is to improve the resilience of communities, assets and infrastructure, local economies and natural environments so we can cope with the challenges and opportunities of climate change.

Human activity and land use changes continue to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Scientific evidence shows that these actions are causing a warming of the atmosphere and oceans. This is changing the climate at a rate that cannot be attributed to natural variability alone.

Climate change is one of the most serious environmental challenges facing the world. It affects our whole society - socially, economically and environmentally.

Global warming has seen Australia experiencing warmer weather and more days with extreme heat and fewer cooler extremes, significant changes to rainfall patterns and greater exposure to hazards that result from this changing climate. This includes floods, storm events, droughts, bushfires, heatwaves, rising sea levels and increases in diseases and pests.

The impacts of climate change are already being felt in our council area and across Adelaide.

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Managing climate change impacts locally

Key impact areas 

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has conducted a risk assessment of the impacts of climate change across the Council area.

The key impact areas that were identified were:

  • long term management of public open space
  • increased management of pest plants and animals
  • increased infrastructure management costs
  • streetscape management
  • business continuity planning.

Resilient East 

Resilient East is a partnership between state and local government organisations in eastern Adelaide.

Resilient partners are the Cities of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Adelaide, Burnside, Tea Tree Gully, Prospect, Unley, Campbelltown City Council, Town of Walkerville, Government of South Australia and Green Adelaide

Resilient East regularly works with agencies and organisations from all levels of government, NGOs, community groups, individuals and the private sector. 

Resilient East aims to:

  • build the adaptive capacity of our community
  • create meaningful action
  • overcome barriers to adaptation
  • facilitate opportunities
  • support practical and relevant adaptation measures
  • improve collaborative approaches, including sharing knowledge and experience, and, reducing risks and costs associated with climate change and adaptation initiatives.

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Resilient East