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Adaptation in Action: Heat risks and opportunities in your Local Government Area
Every year the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment connects people from all levels of business, government, scientists, community groups and not-for-profits, households, and individuals through the AdaptNSW Forum and webinars. Our aim is to share information that enables people to take action to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

This AdaptNSW webinar will showcase examples of innovative Increasing Resilience to Climate Change grant projects, featuring local councils who are building resilience on the impacts of extreme heat in their communities. It includes video case studies and speakers who will share practical tools, challenges, and lessons learned.

This webinar is suitable for local government and broader audiences who are interested in managing the impacts of extreme heat and heatwaves, and will address the following questions:
• What practical solutions are other councils implementing to adapt to climate change, particularly on heat related issues?
• What tools and resources exist to support other councils facing the same challenges?
• What guidance is available, or will be available soon, to support councils to incorporate climate change considerations into the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework?

The Increasing Resilience to Climate Change grants are delivered by Local Government NSW in partnership with and funded by the NSW Government.

The Department is currently reviewing the AdaptNSW Forum to ensure future events provide you with relevant information, tools, and resources to support you on your adaptation journey. Keep your eyes on this space for an opportunity to participate in the review.

Dec 8, 2021 10:00 AM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Esther Bailey
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Director, Climate Resilience and Net Zero Emissions
In this introduction, Esther will provide an overview of the IPCC Assessment Report 6 and what it means for NSW local councils. She will share the Climate Change Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) Package, developed by the Hunter JO, which is a practical tool to support councils incorporate climate change considerations in the IP&R Framework. Finally, Esther will outline the Increasing Resilience to Climate Change grants for councils and how they support local communities across NSW to increase their resilience and reduce heat related impacts from climate change.
Judith Bruinsma & Dr Mark Siebentritt
Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC)
WSROC has been building adaptive capacity to heat in Western Sydney through the Cool Suburbs pilot project with Resilient Sydney. This project is designed to build the capacity of government, developers, and the community to take action to mitigate urban heat. Judith and Mark will demonstrate the Cool Suburbs rating tool and share ways that other councils can use the tool to integrate urban heat considerations into planning policies and guidelines.
Robert Hughes
Business Manager Community Facilities, Goulburn Mulwaree Council
Showgrounds are a focal point in regional communities for bringing people together from around the region for events and festivities. Understanding how they will be affected by high temperatures and how we can protect organisers, volunteers, patrons and animals from heat stress and dehydration is imperative. In this presentation, Robert will share findings from the Heat Smart Showgrounds project to highlight ways for councils to identify showgrounds that are most affected by high temperatures and implement priority improvements and procedures to protect against heat stress.
Michael Fiedler
Environmental Management Officer, Bega Valley Shire Council
Community halls in regional communities can be adapted to provide heat refuges to local residents on extreme heat days. Through the Cooler Places for a Warmer Climate project, Bega Valley Shire upgraded three halls in remote communities to be more climate resilient and developed resources for residents on keeping safe on extreme heat days and how to use the halls as refuges. Michael will outline the specific measures implemented at the community halls that could be applied by other NSW councils.
Sarah Horan
Senior Project Planner, City of Newcastle
Reducing heat stress in public outdoor spaces will increase community place-making in urban local centres. Developed in partnership with the University of Newcastle and the local community, the Beresfield Placemaking and Climate Resilience project demonstrates how innovative design solutions such as rain gardens, appropriate material selection and different types of shade can be used for future urban renewal projects.
Cameron Pensini
Sustainability Project Officer, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
Urban forest planning can influence the lives of residents by reducing storm water runoff, decreasing wildfire risks and severity, and reducing urban heat islands. In this presentation, Cameron will share findings from the Keeping it Cool – Vegetation and Heat Adaptation Strategy project. This will include considerations for other regional councils when preparing an urban forest strategy and developing guidelines for planting programs.