What is RCCAP?

The RCCAP is a pilot funded under the Australian Governments Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government’s ‘Local Governments Reform Funding,’ along with a financial contribution by the Hobart City Council.

The Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority is managing and delivering the RCCAP, from February 2011 to February 2012, across the 12 councils of southern Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Climate Change Office and the Local Government of Tasmania are project partners and key in the delivery of the project to the North and Cradle Coast regions of Tasmania.

The councils of southern Tasmania have varying capacities, resources and are at differing stages of climate adaptation planning.

  • Clarence City Council is leading on coastal adaptation planning for the climate risks from sea level rise and inundation on vulnerable sections of its coastline.
  • Kingborough Council has undertaken a preliminary assessment of its climate risks and vulnerabilities.
  • Hobart City Council has directly facilitated the establishment of the Regional Climate Change Initiative, under the auspices of the STCA to address climate change adaptation at the regional and local level.
  • The rural councils Southern Midlands and Central Highlands have participated in cropping trials to identify climate resilient pasture species.

Through the RCCAP each of the councils will develop adaptation plans that are specific to their individual corporate needs as well as providing a consistent and integrated approach across the region and its communities.

This will considerably strengthen the regions resilience in the management and sharing of the climate risks.