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Climate Ready Communities

The Australian Red Cross, in partnership with Adelaide’s Resilient South councils, have launched an exciting new project to help communities prepare for intensified extreme events and a changing climate.

The Resilient South Climate Ready Communities Project is empowering people to understand the risks they currently face, the way these are changing, and what they can do to build their resilience.

The project is calling for Climate Ready Champions. These community champions will be supported by Red Cross through free training about how you can support others take action to become ‘climate ready’, practical guidance to deliver activities and events in Adelaide’s south, and the opportunity to get involved in Red Cross’ emergency response and preparedness activities.

Climate Change

The City of Holdfast Bay recognises that the world is in a state of climate emergency and that all levels of Government have a responsibility to act. On behalf of its coastal community the City of Holdfast Bay has an immediate responsibility to respond to forecast climate change implications.

Our climate change response strategies are based on four core areas of activity:

  • mitigation of energy usage
  • adaptation to impacts
  • offsets of unavoidable emissions
  • community leadership.

Responding to and reducing the effects of changing climate requires a whole government approach and is included in the Our Place Strategic Plan 2030 under the Environment Pillar.

Tree Canopy

Trees are quiet achievers and are vital in providing comfort, beauty and health in our increasingly warming climate.

The benefits of tree canopy include:

  • supporting health and wellbeing
  • cleaning water, air and soil
  • holding cultural and historical significance
  • UV protection
  • uptake of carbon dioxide thus helping to reduce the effects of climate change
  • increasing property values
  • muffling sounds
  • contributing to good mental health
  • habitat for wildlife
  • contributing to a liveable city
  • providing cool shade on hot days
  • water vapour released by trees helps to further cool the air
  • tree shade helps with energy savings in buildings
  • providing soothing greenness and beauty
  • adding character to our neighbourhoods

Recently, We collaborated with the State Government and 15 other metropolitan councils on a major project to map Adelaide's metropolitan tree canopy in great detail. The results are publicly available on this State Government Urban Heat and Tree Mapping Viewer, includes an urban heat map. The first page provides some information about the different 'layers' of information you can access and to see the actual maps, click on 'Launch Map Viewer'.

Resilient South

An initiative of the cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion, Mitcham and Onkaparinga, the Resilient South project is about what we can do in the Southern Region to make sure our businesses, communities, and environments can tackle the challenges of climate change.

Changes in our climate, such as higher temperatures, declining rainfall, and rising sea levels require active management of risks. The Resilient South project will also seek to harness opportunities presented by these changes, so that the region continues to thrive and prosper.

The Resilient South project is supported by the South Australian and Australian Governments. The project has entered its implementation phase after producing a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the whole region, with input from government, business and community organisations.

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