Adapting and Resilient to Climate Change

At City of Port Phillip we have smart solutions for a sustainable future and are striving to be a City that is adapting and resilient to climate change.

What is it

Climate change is already having an impact around the world. We must prepare for a different future where extreme heat events, flooding, coastal storm surges and drought are more prevalent requires commitment, innovation and collaboration.

We are committed to increasing our resilience, ensuring changing environmental conditions won’t affect our ability to deliver the services that support our business community and residents.

Council Project - Climate Vulnerability Assessment

The City of Port Phillip owns and controls a wide range of assets from land and buildings to roads, drains, footpaths and open space.

Council is working with climate experts to identify the vulnerability of each asset in relation to climate change. We will use this information to inform how we plan, renew and maintain our assets to consider their impact on the environment and resiliency to the effects of climate change.

Measuring progress

Measuring the impact our action will have on our community’s resilience to climate change is difficult as most of the benefits are dependent on an individual’s perception of comfort and safety, which is different for everyone. To ensure we keep track of how the community is impacted by climate change we will monitor several indicators and use these to help us plan for improved service delivery.

These indicators are:

  • number of houses impacted by extreme weather

  • temperature hotspots

  • use of Council facilities in extreme weather.

  • We will also measure and report:

  • actions taken to retrofit Council buildings to combat climate change.

Council Deliverables

  1. Implement the Greening Port Phillip Strategy and Street Tree Planting Program, including ongoing investment in species diversification, park trees, streetscape improvements and a stronger focus on enhancing biodiversity by planting indigenous and climate tolerant species

  2. Implement the Foreshore and Hinterland Vegetation Management Plan

  3. Develop a Biodiversity Study and Action Plan

  4. Maintain heat mapping and solar analysis data. Use data, along with Socio-Economic Index for Areas and flood data to guide project and service delivery. Communicate information to the community through a web-based platform

  5. Deliver technical guidance and implement regulatory interventions to protect vegetation and increase canopy cover on private property, including green roofs, walls and facades

  6. Encourage and enforce sustainable, climate resilient buildings through the planning process by applying environmentally sustainable design planning policy guidelines and by providing clear, accessible information to the community

Community Project

Discover how a group of volunteers successfully applied for a Small Poppy Neighbourhood Grant and set about creating a pond with native vegetation at the site of the historic ‘Ngargee’ Tree. Read more.