Draft Climate Change Policy (Central Coast Council)
The Central Coast Council, NSW has a proposed Draft Climate Change Policy. Council has issued the draft for exhibition and to raise awareness of the issue across the community. There are some workshops being held over the next few weeks. See Councils website https://www.yourvoiceourcoast.com/climatechange for the information pack (which includes the policy and workshop agenda) and follow the links to register).
Wednesday 20 February 2019, Mingara Recreation Club 6pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday 26 February 2019, Erina Centre, Erina Fair 6pm – 8:30pm
Wednesday 27 February 2019, Mantra Ettalong, 6pm – 8:30pm
Thursday 7 March 2019, Camp Breakaway, San Remo 6pm – 8:30pm
Wednesday 13 March 2019, Wyong Civic Centre 6pm – 8:30pm
The policy itself is critical to bring consideration of mitigation (the reduction of emissions) and adaptation (preparing for the impacts) into all activities of Council.
Increasing heat and other affects of Climate Change will impact on all Council’s infrastructure including roads, sewage and water, transport, buildings, parks, etc. Impacts on Council’s regulatory controls such as planning are also occurring. For example, provision of land zoned for business has traditionally been sited on flat, low-lying land. Such land is often more likely to be flood prone than residential areas. Increasing rainfall intensity (e.g. the Townsville flooding currently underway) is likely to impact more heavily on our business parks and therefore ultimately on our economic activity. Council’s responsibility to provide suitable land for business and commercial activity requires them to consider increasing flooding over time due to Climate Change. This policy is critical to supporting planning for an efficient and functional regional economy into the future.
While there are those who are concerned about the presence of one phrase in the policy (planned retreat) and regardless of how waterfront property might be protected, the broad scale of climate change demands a community wide response at all levels of government.
Central Coast Council must have an effective and broad-ranging Climate Change Policy that allows for flexibility in design of responses to impacts as well as for the rapid reduction of emissions. The draft policy does provide an effective step in the right direction.