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Whitsunday Regional Council has today approved a Climate Change Policy and a Climate Adaptation Strategy 2016-2020 for the Whitsunday Region.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is designed to guide Council’s response to the effects of climate change.
“Our region is known to be exposed to a number of natural hazards, all of which are likely to be exacerbated by climate change. Recent modelling undertaken by BoM and CSIRO shows that climate change is projected to affect the Whitsunday Region in the form of temperature increases, changes to rainfall, increased storm surge events, the intensity of tropical cyclones as well as a rise in sea levels,” Cr Willcox said.
“The Strategy will ensure that climate change adaptation is a core component of planning for a more resilient Whitsunday Region and that is mainstreamed into Council’s functions and activities,” he said.
“It will support Council’s long term financial planning, asset management, strategic planning and disaster management with consistent and scientifically sound information related to climate change.
“Having a proactive approach to climate change will also provide more avenues to receive government funding for projects, allowing us to further understand the risk of natural hazards and the indirect risks that present a range of challenges to Council and the community.”