Climate Change Response Plan

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The City of Onkaparinga has prepared a draft Climate Change Response Plan

The draft plan builds on our current work to reduce emissions and reduce our vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. To help shape the plan, we sought input from our communities on climate change impacts through our Community Survey 2021. We have taken community feedback into account when developing the draft plan and would now like your feedback.

Community feedback on the draft plan will inform updates to the plan, which will be presented to Council for endorsement in August 2022.

The plan’s 79 actions—of which 36 are underway, 28 are planned and 15 are new—fall under five goals: Climate Smart Neighbourhoods, Climate Ready Communities, Climate Resilient Natural Areas, Low Carbon Transition and Climate Risk Reduction.

Follow the links to view the Climate Change Response Plan or the Climate Change Snapshot for a brief summary.


Your Say

Community engagement commenced on 24 June and will include drop in sessions at:

Woodcroft Library, 175 Bains Rd Morphett Vale: Wednesday 29 June, 10-11.30am

Coromandel Community Centre, 442B Main Rd Coromandel Valley: Wednesday 29 June, 2-3.30pm

Aldinga Library, 11 Central Way Aldinga Beach: Thursday 30 June, 4.30-6pm

You can also have your say by taking our brief survey - just click on the survey link below.

Your thoughts on climate change

The Community Survey 2021 included specific climate change-related questions and the findings were used to inform the areas of action in the draft plan.

Our community has consistently highlighted climate change as an important issue, with 81 per cent of respondents to our Community Survey 2021 agreeing that ‘not addressing climate change would be a risk to our city’

Responding to climate change impacts is key to maintaining livability in our city, managing risks, and reducing future costs.

Since our last Climate Change Strategy, there have been significant developments in climate science and technology, as well as changes to markets and climate risk disclosure in financial standards. There is an increased expectation by the community that governments will lead and respond to this issue.

We have continued to deliver strong climate action for over fifteen years in both a leadership role and via collaboration with other councils and agencies. This has included:

  • Planting 40,500 trees since 2016 and establishing urban forest targets to plant 100,000 trees in street verges, waterways and parks by 2037.
  • Powering the equivalent of 4400 homes by generating bio-gas and installing the state’s first solar farm built on a landfill at the jointly owned council landfill at Seaford Heights.
  • Managing 270+ conservation sites and restoring 71km of creeks and rivers across nine catchments.
  • Studying the impacts of sea level rise along our 31 km of coastline in a 2020 Coastal Adaptation Study to understand how people, the natural environment and built assets might be impacted. This allows council, state government and residents to plan now for any future changes.
  • Mapping and monitoring coastal risks including 3D mapping of coastal erosion hot spots. A tidal gauge in the Onkaparinga River is recording storm surge and tidal events.
  • Reducing our operational emissions by 46% since our baseline of 2010-11 and tracking our emissions since 1998.
  • Establishing a Green Buildings Program to undertake energy upgrades on council-owned buildings and Green Hub demonstration sites to inspire household action
  • Establishing a Revolving Resources Fund to finance energy upgrades and a Climate Change Response Fund to finance innovative council climate change initiatives.
  • Installing 1,000 solar panels (550kW) on council buildings including Woodcroft Community Centre, the Field Operations Centre and Noarlunga Office and building the first bi-directional solar car park shade on a community site in SA at Wakefield House.
  • Changing 12,000 street lights to 14W LEDs which use 40 per cent less electricity to light our streets
  • Prioritising recycled materials when we build and install roads, street furniture, edging, bollards and boardwalks with over 7900 tonnes used in 2019-20
  • Founding Resilient South, a regional partnership between four councils and State Government that is working to build the resilience of southern Adelaide.

To gain a broader understanding of the work that Council has taken so far read our Climate Change Snapshot and Council meeting 2 November 2021 (item 7.5).

Consultation is open until 5pm, 14 July 2022.

The City of Onkaparinga has prepared a draft Climate Change Response Plan

The draft plan builds on our current work to reduce emissions and reduce our vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. To help shape the plan, we sought input from our communities on climate change impacts through our Community Survey 2021. We have taken community feedback into account when developing the draft plan and would now like your feedback.

Community feedback on the draft plan will inform updates to the plan, which will be presented to Council for endorsement in August 2022.

The plan’s 79 actions—of which 36 are underway, 28 are planned and 15 are new—fall under five goals: Climate Smart Neighbourhoods, Climate Ready Communities, Climate Resilient Natural Areas, Low Carbon Transition and Climate Risk Reduction.

Follow the links to view the Climate Change Response Plan or the Climate Change Snapshot for a brief summary.


Your Say

Community engagement commenced on 24 June and will include drop in sessions at:

Woodcroft Library, 175 Bains Rd Morphett Vale: Wednesday 29 June, 10-11.30am

Coromandel Community Centre, 442B Main Rd Coromandel Valley: Wednesday 29 June, 2-3.30pm

Aldinga Library, 11 Central Way Aldinga Beach: Thursday 30 June, 4.30-6pm

You can also have your say by taking our brief survey - just click on the survey link below.

Your thoughts on climate change

The Community Survey 2021 included specific climate change-related questions and the findings were used to inform the areas of action in the draft plan.

Our community has consistently highlighted climate change as an important issue, with 81 per cent of respondents to our Community Survey 2021 agreeing that ‘not addressing climate change would be a risk to our city’

Responding to climate change impacts is key to maintaining livability in our city, managing risks, and reducing future costs.

Since our last Climate Change Strategy, there have been significant developments in climate science and technology, as well as changes to markets and climate risk disclosure in financial standards. There is an increased expectation by the community that governments will lead and respond to this issue.

We have continued to deliver strong climate action for over fifteen years in both a leadership role and via collaboration with other councils and agencies. This has included:

  • Planting 40,500 trees since 2016 and establishing urban forest targets to plant 100,000 trees in street verges, waterways and parks by 2037.
  • Powering the equivalent of 4400 homes by generating bio-gas and installing the state’s first solar farm built on a landfill at the jointly owned council landfill at Seaford Heights.
  • Managing 270+ conservation sites and restoring 71km of creeks and rivers across nine catchments.
  • Studying the impacts of sea level rise along our 31 km of coastline in a 2020 Coastal Adaptation Study to understand how people, the natural environment and built assets might be impacted. This allows council, state government and residents to plan now for any future changes.
  • Mapping and monitoring coastal risks including 3D mapping of coastal erosion hot spots. A tidal gauge in the Onkaparinga River is recording storm surge and tidal events.
  • Reducing our operational emissions by 46% since our baseline of 2010-11 and tracking our emissions since 1998.
  • Establishing a Green Buildings Program to undertake energy upgrades on council-owned buildings and Green Hub demonstration sites to inspire household action
  • Establishing a Revolving Resources Fund to finance energy upgrades and a Climate Change Response Fund to finance innovative council climate change initiatives.
  • Installing 1,000 solar panels (550kW) on council buildings including Woodcroft Community Centre, the Field Operations Centre and Noarlunga Office and building the first bi-directional solar car park shade on a community site in SA at Wakefield House.
  • Changing 12,000 street lights to 14W LEDs which use 40 per cent less electricity to light our streets
  • Prioritising recycled materials when we build and install roads, street furniture, edging, bollards and boardwalks with over 7900 tonnes used in 2019-20
  • Founding Resilient South, a regional partnership between four councils and State Government that is working to build the resilience of southern Adelaide.

To gain a broader understanding of the work that Council has taken so far read our Climate Change Snapshot and Council meeting 2 November 2021 (item 7.5).

Consultation is open until 5pm, 14 July 2022.

Page last updated: 24 Jun 2022, 02:38 PM