$80,000 GRANT TO ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Member for Bega Andrew Constance has today announced that Eurobodalla Shire Council will receive an $80,000 NSW Government grant to help plan for climate change.
The Building Resilience to Climate Change (BRCC) grants support local government to address climate change threats.
Mr Constance said that Eurobodalla Shire Council would collaborate with Murrang Earth Services and the CSIRO to undertake studies to build adaptive capacity against rising coastal groundwater.
“This will be done by assessing potential risks that groundwater infiltration and salinity presents to infrastructure in the Eurobodalla Shire, now and under projected climate change scenarios, as well as identifying mitigation and adaptation measures.
“Councils played a key role in responding to climate change because many of the impacts and risks are experienced at a local level.
“The grants promote coordination, collaboration and knowledge sharing at the local government level and foster regional alliances,” Mr Constance said.
Mr Lindsay Usher, Director Planning and Sustainability from Eurobodalla Shire Council said council welcomes the support and looks forward to collaborating on the investigation of the relationship between sea level rise and ground water and the potential future impact on infrastructure.
This will enable Council to ensure our infrastructure planning appropriately considers the potential impacts minimising the risks and costs to the community,” Mr Usher said.
Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Cr Keith Rhoades AFSM said approximately 80 per cent of local government organisations have completed climate change risk assessments or participated in regional vulnerability assessments.
“This high level of interest from local government shows we want to better understand and tackle the risks climate change poses on their our assets and services to our communities,” Cr Rhoades said.
“The first two BRCC rounds have resulted in 60 councils, seven NSW agencies, four research institutions, three community groups, and four businesses working together to deliver 14 adaptation projects across the state.”
For more information, visit: http://www.lgnsw.org.au/policy/climate-change/building-resilience Media Release