Southern Councils Unite on Climate Change

earth_from_spaceThe Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority has taken the first steps towards a regional approach to adapting to the social, economic and environment impacts of climate change.

“Local government is at the forefront of adapting to the impacts of climate change.” said Alderman Rob Valentine, Chair of the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority.(STCA)

“Our region has a very significant range of expertise in this area. Hobart City Council has recently released its Climate Change Strategies document; Clarence City Council has recently won an award for its ground-breaking work on impacts on coastal areas; and Southern Midlands Council has made a significant contibution in supporting its rural landholders. These projects represent only a small portion of the climate change mitigation work that is being achieved in our region.”

“We have a fantastic opportunity to work together across the region to share resources and expertise and coordinate, through the STCA, the development and implementation of programs that support our communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change.”

“There are a number of activities we believe can be undertaken at a practical level including the identification of assets and infrastructure that may be vulnerable to the impacts of storm surge, strong wind, extreme rainfall and high temperatures, for example.” said Alderman Valentine.

It is proposed the STCA Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative will be able to provide a source of climate change information and advice to local government in our region that is independent, objective, non-partisan, science based and pragmatic.

The STCA Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative will also work to build the capacity of Councils and their communities to act, adapt and respond to climate change as well as identifying and implementing regional greenhouse reduction, adaptation, offset and behaviour-change projects.

The STCA Board, made up of the twelve mayors, has agreed to support the development of a Memorandum of Understanding between the STCA member Councils and prepare a business case for the project as the first step in this co-operative approach to climate change.

For more information regarding this media release please contact the Chair of the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority, Alderman Rob Valentine Mobile: 0418 127 323