Whatever the Weather, We’re Ready seeks to inform and engage local communities on the critical issue of climate change. It encourages people to begin to respond to and prepare for local changes in the climate and impacts.

Whatever the Weather has arisen from the Regional Climate Change Adaption Project (RCCAP) undertaken by the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority (STCA).

RCCAP developed council climate change adaption plans for each of the 12 southern councils along with a regional strategy picking up common risks and adaption objectives for southern Tasmania. It was through this that a need was identified to encourage communities to begin adapting to changes on our climate.

Importantly, Whatever the Weather highlights that climate change is real and because of this Tasmania is experiencing more extreme weather conditions. For instance, in the past 12 months Tasmania has experienced unseasonal bushfires in October and floods in January.

It is hoped that Whatever the Weather can lead to a greater appreciation by our communities of the risks that they and their families may face from a changing climate in the future and therefore lead to increased resilience.

Please view the Whatever the Weather, We’re Ready videos and help spread the word on getting ready to adapt to climate change by sharing them with your friends on social media.

If you would like further information on how to adapt your behaviour to climate change please contact your local council.

There is also information on how to prepare your property for a bushfire available at the following websites:

The project has been made possible with support of the Tasmanian State Government who provided a grant of $15,000 for the project as well as $36,000 in funding contributions from the Clarence, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough Councils and in kind project support from Think South.

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The Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy has been released by the Minister for Climate Change.

The Strategy developed through the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Project has its genesis in the corporate climate change adaptation plans developed for each of the 12 southern councils through the program. Common risks and adaptation objectives across the 12 councils were elevated to form the Strategy, creating a structure and scaffold for ongoing adaptation action planning that is relevant and specific to councils and their communities.

Importantly with its foundation in science it provides the framework for collaboration and cooperation regionally or amongst groups of councils, enhancing economies of scale and creating opportunities to leverage resources in addressing the risks and opportunities presented by unavoidable climate change.

The Strategy seeks to provide an integrated, coordinated and consistent approach to climate change adaptation planning by the Southern Tasmanian councils. It also provides an effective and efficient way of addressing some of the capacity constraints faced by councils.

The Strategy’s approach of regional collaboration and cooperation seeks to enhance economies of scale between councils and create opportunity to share resources, ideas and skills and knowledge within the region. It also encourages the sharing of best practice, allows for learning from experience and has the potential to reduce costs and minimise inconsistency in approaches to regulatory activities.

The Strategy contains:

  • climate change principles;
  • regional objectives;
  • objectives for managing key climate change impacts; and
  • implementation pathway.

These were developed from the common themes and issues identified through the preparation of the CCCAP’s prepared for each of the 12 councils and from consideration of the policy, legislative and statutory frameworks emerging around climate change impacts. The Strategy also includes a pathway for ongoing implementation.

Climate change principles

The Strategy is framed by the following climate change principles:

  • Climate change is a global issue requiring local solutions.
  • Climate change action is a shared responsibility between local, state and commonwealth governments, communities and the private sector.
  • Local governments have an important role in leadership and educating communities at both the municipal and regional level on climate change and adaptation.
  • Councils must prepare for and manage the impacts of climate change on its assets and services.
  • Early climate change adaptation action is more cost effective than late action.
  • Collaboration and cooperation on climate change adaptation actions by local government provides more effective use of resources.

The principles reflect the key role of local government in responding to climate variables and hazards experienced at the local level and considerations to ensure resource effective, timely and appropriate responses are developed and implemented across the region.

Regional objectives

The Regional objectives give effect to the climate principles and provide a pathway for its implementation. These are high level and seek to provide for broad based governance considerations.

Objectives for managing key climate change impacts

The objectives for managing key climate change impacts are based on the key themes identified through workshops with councils on: sea level rise, heat, bushfire, extreme rainfall and flooding and other climate risks.

Implementation Pathway

The Strategy importantly provides the objectives and a framework for the implementation of regional and inter-council actions and ongoing climate change adaptation planning. It proposes a collaborative regional approach to the implementation of common adaptation actions, maximising efficiency and use of resources.

Following endorsement of the Strategy by the STCA Board, a regional working group will be convened to develop an action plan that progresses the objectives of the Strategy.

The Regional Climate Change Initiative (RCCI) is the existing structure that will provide the forum for development of an annual action plan and its implementation.

Climate Strategy

The Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Download the STCA Regional Climate Adpataion Strategy 2013

Download the RCCAP Strategy Press Release 31 May 2013

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Climate Change is a global issue requiring local solutions and councils are at the forefront of developing these, and working with their communities to implement them.

The councils of Southern Tasmania through the STCA are taking a regional approach to addressing climate change and are involved in a range of projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and assist in adapting to the climate impacts.

HEAT — Home Energy Audit Toolkit
RCCI — Regional Climate Change Initiative
RCCAP — Regional Council Climate Adaptation Project

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The Regional Councils Climate Adaptation Project aims to improve the capability and resilience of Tasmanian councils to manage the risks of climate change.

The federally funded project, delivered by the STCA, commenced in Feb 2011 and will be completed by February 2012.

It is being piloted with the 12 Southern Tasmanian Councils and will develop:

  • Council (Corporate) Climate Adaptation Plans
  • Community Based Landuse Plans for the themes of: coastal, urban, peri-urban, rural and natural areas
  • Regional Climate Adaptation Strategy
  • Climate Adaptation Toolkit for review of Councils Adaptation Plans and extension to Cradle Coast and Northern Councils

Click here for more information.

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Home Energy Audit Toolkits (HEAT) can be borrowed, free of charge from your Council.

HEAT provides tools, instructions and information that enables households to undertake a home energy audit in their own space and time.

Click here to find out more.

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HEAT was the winner of two categories in the 2011 Tasmanian Awards for Excellence: Local Government and Leadership in Climate Change Action. Read about it here

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In 2009 the STCA with the support of the Hobart City Council established the Regional Climate Change Initiative.

The RCCI is comprised of representatives of the 12 councils and meet regularly to share information and resources on climate change action and initiatives. Meetings are attended by the Director of the Tasmanian Climate Change Office and guest speakers.

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