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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. One of those responses is to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030.

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.

You can find out more about what we are doing to reduce our emissions, adapt to climate change, and how you can help in our new Climate Ready Holdfast Bay booklet. Hard copies of the booklet are also available at the Glenelg and Brighton Libraries.

Responding to and reducing the effects of changing climate requires a whole of government approach and is included in the Our Place Strategic Plan 2030 under the Environment Pillar, and in our Environment Strategy 2020 - 2025.

Tree Canopy

Trees are quiet achievers and are vital in providing comfort, beauty and health in our increasingly warm climate. Trees are one of the most effective and efficient ways of adapting to a warming climate, and therefore, we have a target to increase tree canopy in Holdfast Bay by 10% by 2030.

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

In 2018, 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, which 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'.

In this viewer you can zoom in to see the surface temperature of your home, garden, or business that was captured on a day that was 39 degrees celsius in 2018. You can also see the tree canopy in areas of interest to you.

Resilient South

An initiative of the cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion, Mitcham, and Onkaparinga, the Resilient South partnership is about what we can do across the southern Adelaide 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. After implementing its first Regional Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the whole region, Resilient South is conducting a review of the plan in order to prepare for a second regional plan. Find out more about Resilient South on its website.

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