The Stakeholder Committee is pleased to announce that the Greater Melbourne Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy has been formally launched by the Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change the Hon. Lily D ’Ambrosio.

It is a community owned and led place-based Strategy with a focus on projects that build on current knowledge and increases the capability of all of us.

The Strategy outlines key priority action areas for people, businesses and communities of Greater Melbourne to address the unique challenges and opportunities that climate change brings and guide locally relevant practical action.

In late 2020, with the release of a Melbourne’s Climate Journey Discussion Paper, you told us about places in Greater Melbourne that you value and are at risk of extreme weather, that you feel there are barriers to act on climate change at home and work, you voted on the best ways to communicate climate change issues, you put forward ideas to support businesses challenged by shifting to a lower emissions economy and had your say on what the priorities should be for Greater Melbourne.

Following the community consultation, the project stakeholder committee delivered a set of projects and held a number of forums to explore themes identified in earlier work. The committee has used all contributions to guide the creation of a 5-year Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy tailored to the communities of Greater Melbourne.

To learn more about the Strategy and it's journey please see the documents in the links and resources section and the infographics below.

We would like to thank you for your contribution to the development of the Strategy.

The Stakeholder Committee

Where is the project up to?

With the release of the Strategy, the stakeholder committee’s focus from now is to implement projects related to the priority action areas, as outlined in the image below. If you would like to stay up to date with the progress of the Strategy and the projects for 2021-2022, please email climatechangemelbourne@delwp.vic.gov.au to receive our regular newsletter.

Consultation Summary

Thank you for your input

In November-December 2020, we asked the community to reflect on Melbourne’s Climate Journey Discussion Paper, and tell us more about their concerns and ideas for climate change adaptation. This was the initial step toward developing the Strategy, with the starting point focusing on and understanding communities. This community led approach meant the Strategy content was guided by the Greater Melbourne community.

Melbournians contributed via the 'values map' and the 'have your say page' on this site. See below image as a summary of what we heard.

Background

The Victorian Government has provided $9.3 million in funding for the development of six Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategies (Strategies) across Victoria. These Strategies will provide an opportunity to identify and prioritise actions for the next five years.

By developing the Strategies at a regional level, communities impacted are able to directly feed into the Strategy's development by telling us where climate change adaptation challenges, issues and concerns are - at a local level.

We need to start identifying ways to adapt early to save costs and hardships, and work towards solutions.

Finding ways to cope with extreme weather impacts and other consequences of climate change is generally referred to as ‘Adaptation’, whereas ‘Mitigation’ refers to finding ways to reduce our emissions. Both approaches are important but for this discussion we are focused on ‘Adaptation’ or building our resilience, and preparing our industries, communities and environments to be able to thrive with the future climate.


How is Greater Melbourne's climate changing?

Climate projections for Greater Melbourne indicate that temperatures will continue to increase; there will be more frequent and longer heat waves, increased severity and duration of bushfires, worsening air pollution, less frosts and a decline in rainfall. We can expect more extreme weather events including bushfires, severe storms, storm surges and heavy rainfall events. Sea levels are expected to continue rising, resulting in increased risk of coastal erosion and inundation.

Climate change is affecting us in many ways. We need to make significant adjustments to how we:

  • Build resilience into our infrastructure
  • Support our vulnerable groups of people
  • Do business
  • Keep ourselves safe
  • Interact as a society