Climate Change


Denise Anderson
Senior Policy Officer - Environment 

Phone: 02 9242 4056 
[email protected]

With increased incidents of heat waves, droughts, bushfires, rising sea levels, changing rainfall patterns, and more frequent and intense weather events, Australia’s climate is changing.

Along with state and federal governments, local government has a responsibility to adopt policies and practices that prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change (adaptation) and minimise the risks to the community through limiting carbon emissions (mitigation).

Climate change has the potential to damage council assets, cause serious disruptions to the delivery of council services, generate unbudgeted financial impacts, and affect the overall wellbeing of the community – particularly those most vulnerable to weather extremes.

Local Government NSW stands ready to support member councils in their efforts to deal with and adapt to a changing climate.

In this section

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Increasing Resilience

As climate change impacts will be experienced at regional and local levels, councils may be best placed to manage these risks.

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Planning for Climate Change

LGNSW has developed a workshop package to help NSW councils develop a climate change action plan.

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Read the Climate Change Adaptation survey and example policies and plans.

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Case studies

Develop ideas, model your own projects, or gain support from senior management and other staff.

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Climate Resilience Podcast

Staff, councillors and farmers from the Namoi talk about their experiences of unprecedented drought.

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