Outcome 2: Resilient Communities

 

Our communities are resilient to change through strong relationships and a shared sense of purpose. We have built resilience in our infrastructure, economy and our communities.  We act now and plan for future generations. We have taken the community with us on the journey to resilience and engaged in community-led adaptation planning. We have future proofed our way of life. 

Opportunities 

  • There may be opportunities from a changing climate that we can use to our advantage. The key lies in our ability to adapt well, if we are to thrive. 
  • We can do our bit to limit the effects of climate change by reducing the region’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. The answer is not solely planting more trees to offset business as usual emissions, but making changes to the way we live and do business to reduce our emissions. 
  • As a region we also need to adapt to the climate change effects that are already “locked in”. We will need to adapt to living in a region with a different climate to today.
  • We need to think about how to guarantee the reliability and quality of water supply into the future. We must look at opportunities to secure long-term water availability for all our communities
  • For all of our infrastructure, it will be important to understand where our most important assets are and will need to be (asset criticality). This will help us to prioritise their long-term development and make wise choices around investment. 
  • The use and supply of energy will change as we move away from a carbon economy. Technology advances will be a leading driver of the changes in our energy uses over the next 30 years.  We are already seeing a change in the market as renewable energy is becoming more accessible. Opportunities to increase our resilience will come through concepts such as co generation or waste to energy which will diversify our energy supply network.

     

Aspiration

By 2050:

  • We are a carbon neutral region
  • We have an affordable funding mechanism for climate change adaptation
  • We have a network of natural defences that provide protection against natural hazards and climate change
  • 100% of vehicles are powered by renewable energy
  • We use a risk based approach to manage natural hazards and climate change adaptation
  • Infrastructure in key locations vulnerable to coastal hazards has been moved, protected or has a plan for the future
  • Everyone has access to affordable and safe essential services (drinking water, wastewater, energy)
  • We are leaders in renewable energy and technology

 Submissions close Friday 18 October 5pm