Preparing for a Changing Climate
This project is supporting participating councils to better prepare for some of the key challenges a changing climate represents in two areas of council responsibility:
- Supporting vulnerable people dealing with heat waves and consequent heat stress, and;
- Supporting councils to develop an appropriate management process and species mix for urban street trees
This project is being delivered by the Central Victoria Greenhouse Alliance on behalf of the following Councils:
- Central Goldfields Shire Council
- Buloke Shire Council
- Gannawarra Shire Council
- Loddon Shire Council
- Macedon Ranges Shire Council
- Mount Alexander Shire Council
The project is funded under the state government under the Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership (VASP), Resilient Community assets builds on and helps deliver components of the Regional Climate Adaptation Plan developed by the participating Councils as well as Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the City of Greater Bendigo.
The Resilience Community Assets project responds to the recommendations of this report by delivering:
- Developing a best-practice Heatwave Plan template that can be used by partner councils and others in formulating their response to heatwaves under statutory public health obligations
- Producing of “HEAT Help” packs to be provided to HACC and aged-care clients to better manage their own well-being during heat waves
- Developing an online heat wave training resource to be available to all partner councils to help staff address people in their communities who are vulnerable to heat stress
- Undertaking a region-wide assessment of existing street trees in a number of major municipalities. This analysis will recommend appropriate species, treatments, replacement and planting locations, and provide a consistent and reliable data-set to be used and compared across the six local government areas.
The project will be completed in November 2016.
Heat Wave Template
The Heat Wave templates reflect the latest state government legislation and best-practice in this area. The template has been completed and are being distributed to participating Councils.
It is expected that this template will form a consistent approach to the development of local government responses to Heat Wave planning.
Heat Wave Management Thermometer