Our climate our future – have your say

Published: 2 February 2022

Have your say on Cardinia Shire’s new Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.

The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is now open for public comment and residents are encouraged to jump online and have their say on the new strategy.

In September of 2019, a climate emergency was declared across Cardinia Shire Council.

Climate change-induced natural hazards are increasing both in magnitude and frequency, which is having adverse effects on our ecosystems, human health and economy. Council is dedicated to supporting the community adapt to these climate change challenges.

The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy will provide the guiding pathways to reduce the community’s vulnerability to adverse climate events and promote the resilience of social, ecological and economic systems. Adaptation planning will embed adaptive measures into council operations and processes, as well as recommend actions for the community to reduce their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.

The development of the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy will bring together community and Council stakeholders to raise climate concerns and identify adaptation processes that will aim to protect our natural and built environment into the future for generations to come.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Councillor Jeff Springfield is encouraging the community to provide their input into this strategy.

“We are gathering feedback on the 14 community-facing actions in the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to enable Council to prioritise the factors that affect our people the most,” Cr Springfield said.

“We want to know how climate change affects you as a Cardinia Shire resident. Which climate-related hazards concern you the most? What are your biggest concerns about the impacts of climate change? Tell us what matters most to you, so that together we can create a more sustainable future for Cardinia Shire.”

Consultation closes on 16 March 2022.

To have your say about Council’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, visit www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

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