Thursday, May 30, 2024

Noosa climate plan put to public

Noosa Council is calling for feedback on a draft Climate Change Response Plan for the shire. 

It sets out actions to boost the community’s resilience to hotter temperatures, bushfires, extreme weather events and other climate change impacts, as well as reduce Noosa’s emissions, as a community.

The draft plan builds on the work Council has been doing since 2016 to slash its own operational emissions to net-zero by 2026.

Actions outlined in the draft plan cover a range of themes, including:

  • Sustainable transport;
  • Sustainable agriculture and food systems;
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy;
  • Clean low emissions industries;
  • Zero waste and circular economy.

“Each theme has strategic climate risk actions and emissions reduction opportunities for the Noosa community and Council,” Council’s Carbon Reduction Project Officer, Annie Nolan said.

Sea level rise and other coastal hazards associated with climate change are dealt with in the Coastal Hazards Adaption Plan (CHAP), which was recently open for comment.

“The CHAP sits beneath the Climate Change Response Plan, dealing specifically with inundation from sea level rise and coastal erosion, as just one aspect of climate change,” Ms Nolan said.

Councillor Brian Stockwell said the risks of climate change inaction were great, while taking an ambitious, proactive approach could provide business opportunities and build on Noosa’s well established green credentials and brand.

“Climate change is not just an environmental issue. Taking action on climate addresses social issues affecting the community such as safe and affordable living,” he said.

Cr Stockwell said there were important economic reasons to prepare for climate impacts.

“In the past 10 years Queensland paid more than double any other state and territory in recovering from, responding to and experiencing, extreme weather events and disaster losses,” he said.

“By 2038, extreme weather events driven by climate change, as well as the impact of sea level rise, could cost the Australian economy $100 billion dollars every year. To put that into context, last year COVID cost us an estimated $160 billion.”

Have a say on the Draft Climate Change Response Plan at Your Say Noosa.

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