Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change

Thank you for your submission, this engagement has now finished.

Marrickville’s draft Climate Change Plan is now open for comment. Click here to go straight to the submission form or read on and fill in the submission form at the end.

Download the draft Climate Change Plan here

Download the draft Climate Change Action Plan here

What is the purpose of the plan?

The Climate Change Plan is a ten year plan with a five year delivery plan (Action Plan) outlining Council’s approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The draft Plan focuses on Council operations, services and responsibilities to the community.

 

What is the difference between adaptation and mitigation?



 


Source: Centre for Clean Air Policy http://ccap.org/what-does-climate-resilience-look-like/

 

Mitigation: The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report (Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2013) states the case for immediate action to mitigate climate change, and in response, the plan sets an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target - 25% reduction in Council’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 based on 2000 levels


Adaptation: Council’s have a critical role to play in ensuring that particular local circumstances are adequately considered in the overall adaptation response.



The critical climate change risks are grouped in the following themes:

- Extreme weather – storms
- Heat waves 
- Increased temperatures
- Sea level rise
- General climate change



How does this impact me?

Pages eight and nine of the draft Plan discuss Council’s critical climate change risks, some of the risks that relate directly to the community are:

  • Community safety concerns due to flood waters
  • Increase number of higher than average daytime temperatures days leading to heat stress and health impacts
  • Reduced access to open space as a result of inundation from sea level rises


Highlighted actions

Thermal ‘hotspot’ and social vulnerability mapping will be undertaken to assist in identifying priority locations for green infrastructure to cool the urban landscape and people/populations that may be at risk from extreme heat events.


 

The Action Plan also includes installation of an additional 167 kW of solar PV capacity across 8 Council facilities  as listed:

i)  Petersham Administration Building 20kW system (installed July 2014)

ii)  Depot mechanics (Building C) 25kW system

iii)  Depot Building A 25kW system

iv)  Cavendish Street Early Learning Centre 2kW system

v)  Petersham Town Hall 25kW system

vi)  Tom Foster Community Centre 10kW

vii)  Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre 10kW

viii)  Marrickville Town Hall & Library 50kW system

Marrickville’s draft Climate Change Plan is now open for comment. Click here to go straight to the submission form or read on and fill in the submission form at the end.

Download the draft Climate Change Plan here

Download the draft Climate Change Action Plan here

What is the purpose of the plan?

The Climate Change Plan is a ten year plan with a five year delivery plan (Action Plan) outlining Council’s approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The draft Plan focuses on Council operations, services and responsibilities to the community.

 

What is the difference between adaptation and mitigation?



 


Source: Centre for Clean Air Policy http://ccap.org/what-does-climate-resilience-look-like/

 

Mitigation: The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report (Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2013) states the case for immediate action to mitigate climate change, and in response, the plan sets an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target - 25% reduction in Council’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 based on 2000 levels


Adaptation: Council’s have a critical role to play in ensuring that particular local circumstances are adequately considered in the overall adaptation response.



The critical climate change risks are grouped in the following themes:

- Extreme weather – storms
- Heat waves 
- Increased temperatures
- Sea level rise
- General climate change



How does this impact me?

Pages eight and nine of the draft Plan discuss Council’s critical climate change risks, some of the risks that relate directly to the community are:

  • Community safety concerns due to flood waters
  • Increase number of higher than average daytime temperatures days leading to heat stress and health impacts
  • Reduced access to open space as a result of inundation from sea level rises


Highlighted actions

Thermal ‘hotspot’ and social vulnerability mapping will be undertaken to assist in identifying priority locations for green infrastructure to cool the urban landscape and people/populations that may be at risk from extreme heat events.


 

The Action Plan also includes installation of an additional 167 kW of solar PV capacity across 8 Council facilities  as listed:

i)  Petersham Administration Building 20kW system (installed July 2014)

ii)  Depot mechanics (Building C) 25kW system

iii)  Depot Building A 25kW system

iv)  Cavendish Street Early Learning Centre 2kW system

v)  Petersham Town Hall 25kW system

vi)  Tom Foster Community Centre 10kW

vii)  Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre 10kW

viii)  Marrickville Town Hall & Library 50kW system

  • Draft Climate Change Plan Submission form. Trim 3802

    What happens next?

    Feedback closes on 14 October 2014. All the submissions received will be collated into a report to the elected Council. The Councillors will consider the report at a Council meeting and will take the community’s wishes into account where possible when deciding whether to adopt the draft without changes, with changes or not to adopt them. Everyone who provides their name and email address as part of the submission process will be contacted with the date of that Council meeting.


    What happens next?

    Feedback closes on 14 October 2014. All the submissions received will be collated into a report to the elected Council. The Councillors will consider the report at a Council meeting and will take the community’s wishes into account where possible when deciding whether to adopt the draft without changes, with changes or not to adopt them. Everyone who provides their name and email address as part of the submission process will be contacted with the date of that Council meeting.


    Thank you for your submission, this engagement has now finished.