Climate Adaptation

The LCLGA supports and facilitates its 7 Constituent Councils, residents, businesses, industries and partner stakeholders actions to reduce greenhouse emissions, prepare and adapt to impacts of a changing climate.

Documents developed in the project include:

Limestone Coast Regional Climate Change Adaptation Plan

The Adaptation Plan identifies adaptation options for the Limestone Coast to address key vulnerabilities or opportunities presented by a changing climate, based on local information and tailored to the local context of the Region.
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Climate Projections Report

The report indicate that the Limestone Coast will face warmer and drier conditions in the future, changed seasonality of rainfall (drier spring and summer) as well as changes in relation to sea level rise and ocean conditions.
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Regional Values Report

The report identify what is valued or important to the Region and document aspects or features that contribute to these values.
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Integrated Vulnerability to Climate Change Assessment (IVA)

Based on the climate projections, an IVA consider the implications of climate change on what is valued in the Region and determine those aspects that are more vulnerable to a changing climate than others.
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How has climate changed across the Limestone Coast?

Our climate varies – it always has and always will. This climate variability means that some periods are cooler and wetter than average, while others are hotter and drier. However, due to climate change, the long-term average is changing. Future climate will be different from that in the past.
Download Climate Change Across the Limestone Coast Infographic

How will these changes affect me and my region?

As the Region’s climate continues to change, we can expect:
Download Change in Regions Climate Infographic

This means:

  • Risks to water security due to reliance on groundwater resources
  • Impacts on growing seasons and quality and quantity of agricultural products, and increasing risk of pests and diseases
  • Adverse impacts on the health, safety and well-being of vulnerable members of the community
  • Reduced quality, use and amenity of public spaces and places
  • Increased disruption to road networks
  • Inundation of development along the coast
  • Erosion of shorelines, rocky cliffs and sand dunes
  • Impacts on diversity and distribution of marine habitats and fisheries
  • Adverse impacts on health, habitat and regeneration of tree and scrub
  • Impacts on biodiversity and quality and quantity of water in wetlands

What can I do to become climate-ready?

Being climate-ready in the Limestone Coast Region involves knowing the climate risks and impacts for the region, and making changes so that we can take advantage of the opportunities and reduce the negative impacts.
Download Options for our region to Adapt to Climate Change

Now that we have a clearer picture of the way in which climate is likely to change in future, there are many choices we can make to get ourselves climate ready. Decisions we make now will affect how well we cope with the changing climate, which in turn will affect future economic and employment conditions. Decisions range from simple to complex, some will need to be made sooner than others.

Some sectors have experienced greater adaptation success to date than others, some need only consider incremental change – and others require more transformative responses. Actions undertaken in each sector also have implications for the others, both positive and negative, and synergies can be found when those crosscutting impacts are considered together. Coordination, collaboration and information sharing across a wide range of political, legal and institutional settings will help us to understand and manage these interdependencies.

What actions have been done in the region?

Planning for Sea Level Rise in the Limestone Coast (LiDAR Mapping)

In the Limestone Coast, sea levels have risen by approximately 7.6cm since 1982. This has been driven by increasing temperatures in the atmosphere and absorption of heat by the oceans. The observed rates of rise for the Region are consistent with Australia national and global average values.

Under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP), the LCLGA is working with their partners in developing LiDAR mapping for the coastline and high risk areas from the SA/VIC border to the Coorong/ Murray mount. The Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging information will be used to identify assets that are threatened (social, cultural, built and environmental), and to progress the actions to protect and adapt coastal communities and environments from the likely impacts of sea level rise, storm surge, inundation and increased erosion.

This information can also be used to determine areas for future development that are not likely to be at risk, and to amend development plan to restrict development.

Community engagement

The LCLGA continues to engage with local community to raise awareness and understanding about climate risks and its potential impacts. This includes the elderly community, members of community with disability, schools, migrants, health sector, businesses and industries. Engagement approaches vary from face-to-face communication, presentation, small group discussion to electronic mailing network.

Over the past few years, climate adaptation and mitigation has been embedded in the NRM Board’s planning process. As part of the recent regional NRM planning, industry representatives were engaged to indicate the values, drivers and threats for each industry under climate change, and share what they think is important in the use and management of natural resources.

In March this year, the Limestone Coast region took part in a global climate change initiative, Earth Hour, for the first time. Displays were set up at local libraries, documentaries screened at Main Corner, school activities, dinner by candle light at restaurant and switch off of lights at Council buildings.

Education and Awareness Strategy for Climate Adaptation (CEAS)

Improved climate change awareness and education is one factor that is globally, nationally and regionally seen as a facilitative tool to improve adaptive capacity in the society.

The Limestone Coast Climate Education and Awareness Strategy forms the commitment of the LCLGA to ensure that the community and partner stakeholders have the information they need to make the right decisions.

Four priority areas of the CEAS are:

  1. Understanding and communication;
  2. Adaptive capacity and community resilience;
  3. Behaviour change; and
  4. Partnership and collaboration.

As climate continues to change throughout the Limestone Coast, impacts will be experienced by our communities, natural ecosystems, business and industries.

Climate adaptation and mitigation cannot be achieved by an effort in isolation. The Limestone Coast Climate Adaptation Committee will continue to support Councils and partner stakeholders in tackling priority issues like climate-induced inundation in coastal areas, impacts of extreme events to vulnerable community and water management for the benefit of community and environments.

Other adaptation projects in the region include: