Sustainability and Climate Change

Council's Environment Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of environmental strategies and the provision of advice on environmental issues within the Shire.

Climate change

Our climate is noticeably changing.

Since the 1950's the region has experienced a warming of 0.1 degrees Celsius per decade.

Below is a list of predictions made by the CSIRO on the future climate of north eastern Victoria.

  • An increased average temperature of up to five degrees by 2070
  • An increase in days over 35 degrees
  • Reduction in frost days
  • More frequent and longer droughts
  • Drier soil
  • Increased bushfire risk
  • Reduction in annual rainfall
  • More intense extreme heavy rainfall events
  • Reduction in snowfall days

These changes also have the potential to impact other major sectors including agriculture, water, biodiversity, forests and community health.

The Victorian Governments publication Climate Change in the North East Region provides further information on the predicted climate in north east Victoria.

The following are links to websites which can help you reduce your energy use and live more sustainably:

  • sustainability.vic.gov.au For more information about reducing your energy use and living more sustainably. Includes programs and grants for homes and businesses to get involved with.
  • climatechange.vic.gov.au For more information on Victoria's response to climate change.
  • climatechange.gov.au For more information on climate change at a national level.

Climate Change Action Plan

The impacts of climate change and the resulting water issues and extreme natural events (bushfires, drought, floods) represent a significant challenge to Council’s business, operations and service delivery. Council has been proactive in its commitment to understanding the impacts that climate change will have on Alpine Shire communities and the natural environment. To support this, Council has prepared a Climate Change Action Plan.
The action plan articulates a commitment by Council to adapting to climate change by:

  • Leading by example;
  • Managing the impact of climate change on council assets, infrastructure, operations and service delivery;
  • Focusing on climate change actions relating to Council operations and service delivery;
  • Planning for healthy communities by focusing on how to survive, maintain and enhance liveability in a world of changing environmental circumstances;
  • Increasing community resilience;
  • Working in partnership with community;
  • Managing the impact of climate change on community, visitors, local businesses and tourism activities;
  • Working in partnership with relevant government agencies and organisations;
  • Being a leader in sustainability activities, climate change adaptation, reduction in water and energy use; and
  • Participating, facilitating and driving sustainable change management activities across the municipality and North East Victoria.

Sustainable water use plan

Council acknowledges that water is a finite resource that must be well managed into the future.

Council has an active role to play and has therefore adopted a Sustainable Water Use Plan.

Alpine Shire Council has set a reduction target of 40% by 2015, compared to base year 2000/2001 consumption levels.

Significant water savings have already been achieved through repairs to the Myrtleford and Mount Beauty swimming pools, reduced irrigation, repaired and modernised irrigation systems, introduced dual flush toilets, installed flow restriction valves, installed rainwater tanks and use fit-for-purpose water, such as bore water or recycled water on sporting fields and open spaces.

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