New grant will help local government tackle climate change impacts

The Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action (WAGA) will lead a project that will help local government manage the risks of increased and more severe heatwaves and storms due to climate change.

WAGA, a partnership of seven councils in Melbourne’s west, hosted by Brimbank Council, applied for and won the grant for $235,000 from the Emergency Management Victoria to establish the Victorian Climate Resilience Councils.

The Victorian Climate Resilience Councils is a coordinated state-wide program which will support councils to strengthen their knowledge, skills and capacity to build for, manage and reduce the risks associated with heatwaves, storms and other hazards due to climate change.

The two-year development program will guide local governments through a clear step-by-step process to manage climate change risks and implement actions to manage impacts to their operations, assets and local communities.

The grant is matched by funding and support from the Victorian Greenhouse Alliances (partnerships of councils addressing climate change at the regional level) and individual Victorian councils. The total value of the project is $470,000.

Photo: Raingardens like this one in Wiltshire Road, Sunshine North, not only look great but they also alleviate problems associated with flooding and draining, filter storm water before it enters local waterways, and provide habitat and food for wildlife.


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