Kingborough Council takes its role of leading the community in responding to climate change very seriously.
We are committed to reducing emissions and energy use, beginning to prepare to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to working with our community to increase awareness of the issue and assist in transitioning to a low carbon lifestyle. We have installed solar panels on four of our buildings to offset energy usage costs and reduce our carbon footprint.
Early in 2017, we entered into a partnership with the Whitsunday Regional Council to collaborate on improving existing practices and to prepare for the potential impacts of climate change.
We believe that we can mitigate the effects of climate change in two key ways: on-the-ground projects and education of the the community. This ethos has led to the endorsement of a Climate Change Innovation Lab being established at Kingston Beach. The Lab will be a hub where experts and students will be able to explore and showcase real-world, community-focused and arts related solutions to the challenges and opportunities that climate change creates. Using collaboration, emerging technologies and the arts to create a resilient Kingborough at minimal cost, the Lab will provide value to wider global communities through the exchange, formulation and implementation of innovative ideas, knowledge and experience. Visit The Lab’s website for more information.
The Art of Adaptation is an arts related program of exhibitions, performances, and events that exploit contemporary arts practices and technologies to promote awareness of climate change related issues, such as Council’s Salvaged Art project returning in 2017. Visit the Art of Adaption for more information.
Below are some projects that we are involved in and some links for you to do more research into climate change.
This case study has been undertaken by Climate Planning and potential inundation modelling and mapping has been completed by Council staff, using state of the art methods and technology.
Council was involved in a project undertaken by the University of Tasmania involving the completion of a ‘first pass’ coastal risk assessment for Kingborough as well as a case study on community resilience to the potential impacts of coastal hazards focusing on the Snug community.
We undertook a joint project with Huon Valley Council and RMIT University (Victoria) called Facilitating Effective Community Adaptation to Bushfire Risk as a Result of Climate Change. The project developed a locality based and focused toolkit that can be used by councils to promote awareness of the risks of bushfire and the potential increase in frequency and intensity of these events due to climate change.
This project was facilitated by Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) and the Tasmanian Government Climate Change Adaptation Unit. It’s objectives were to:
- progress four Tasmanian vulnerable coastal areas along flexible community adaptation planning pathways
- develop a toolkit of the project’s methodology that can be applied to other vulnerable coastal areas.
Kingston Beach was chosen as a case study location for this project.
View the report TCAP Kingston Beach Final Report (PDF)
This project was established as a collaboration between Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems – Cooperative Research Centre and University of Tasmania based on scientific concern about the lack of knowledge of the effect of rising sea levels and storm surges on vulnerable parts of the Tasmanian coastline. In the program community groups take survey measurements and digital photographs at established beach locations regularly to monitor change over time.
Recently a TASMARC site was established at Snug Beach and negotiations are also being held on Bruny Island for a number of sites to be established there.
During 2011 the 12 participating southern Tasmanian councils prepared pilot climate change adaptation plans as well as building capacity for ongoing climate change adaptation planning. View the report Regional Councils Climate Change Adaptation Strategy – Southern Tasmania 2012–2017 (adopted by Council October 2012) (PDF)
- Clarence City Council – Coastal Impacts
- Commonwealth Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
- Hobart City Council
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
- Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority
- Sustainable Living in Kingborough
- Sustainable Living Tasmania
- Tasmanian Climate Change Office
- The Antarctic Climate & Ecoysystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC)
- National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
- Clean Energy Finance Corporation