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Council is currently preparing a Climate Risk Management Strategy. This is part of our involvement in the Queensland Climate Resilient Councils (Q CRC) program.
We joined the Q CRC program in November 2019. Since then, we are working with the program to better understand the key risks posed by climate change to our Region. From here, we need to identify and plan for changes and opportunities arising from the program. This has involved us completing detailed expert topic briefings with Councillors and Council's Executive Leadership Tea, on the effect climate change has on insurance, legal liability, infrastructure and economic activity. After this, we will complete a detailed governance assessment which is being finalised.
In March 2021, we approved allocating funds (subject to 2021/22 Budget), to develop a Climate Risk Management Strategy. This will follow the Q CRC’s Climate Risk Management Framework for Queensland Local Government and a companion guideline.
The Climate Risk Management Framework consists of three (3) phases made up of nine (9) steps.
Phase 1 - strategic climate risk proofing
Phase 2 - detailed climate risk planning
Phase 3 - implementing climate actions
Over the 2021/22 financial year, we are completing the first phase of the framework. Step 1 involves us understanding the risks posed by climate change to our Region. Step 2 develops an agreed strategic direction to respond to climate risk.
By using the framework and guideline, we will develop a clear policy position and strategy on how we deal with climate risk. This will inform strategic land use, infrastructure planning and sustainable design. This information will inform the new planning scheme.
This policy supports our obligations under the State Planning Policy to consider the effects of climate change.