City of Melbourne, Victoria

Climate Change Action Plan

The City of Melbourne (CoM) is one of the first councils in Australia to take a leading position on Climate Change Adaptation. Since 2007, it has undertaken a comprehensive assessment of Melbourne’s future risks from climate change. It has developed an Adaptation Strategy for the municipality and engaged a wide number of stakeholders in the process, including having the strategy peer reviewed by the CSIRO. A Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan to implement the actions outlined in the strategy has been developed and endorsed by Council.
The City of Melbourne is strategically focussed on taking action to prepare for climate change and is investing millions in climate change policy and initiatives.

Some of the adaptive work underway includes:

  • The development of a world-class inundation visualisation tool to model the likely sea-level rise and extreme rainfall,
  • Scenario building to prepare for and adapt to the likely impacts of inundation,
  • The implementation of an Extreme Heat Strategy and action plan to minimise the risk of serious heat related illnesses,
  • A retrofit program to make commercial buildings in the city climate resilient, as well as mitigating carbon emissions,
  • A series of community consultations to engage and empower the community on climate change issues,
  • The development of a best practice adaptation model for Local Governments with the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research,
  • Exploration of how the planning scheme can be utilised for climate adaptive measures,
  • The development of a world-leading Urban Heat Island (UHI) Strategy to mitigate against the effects of UHI in the city.

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More Information

Use the links below to navigate recent Adaptation Champion profiles. These profiles can be used to have a closer look at past Adaptation Champions, engage with multimedia content, and link to further information about the Adaptation Champions. 

2012 NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions

Individual Category: Lucinda Corrigan, Rennylea Pastoral Company for ‘Leadership of adaptation to climate change in Australia’s grazing industries’.

Business Category: Metcash Trading Ltd for its ‘Sustainability @ Metcash’ climate adaptation program.

Government Category: Department of Primary Industries, Victoria for its ‘Climate Extension Services‘ program.

Community Category: The ‘Making connections: landholders restoring connectivity in the Wet Tropics’ project.

2011 NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions

A Queensland farmer, a Tasmanian journalist and a council planner from mid-coast NSW were among NCCARF’s first Climate Adaptation Champions.

Sid Plant - Farmer, Dowling Downs, QLD

Norm Lenehan — Coastal & Flood Management Planner, Eurobodalla Shire Council, NSW 

Peter Boyer — Journalist, blogger and speaker-presenter, Hobart, Tas

Lake Macquarie City Council, NSW

City of Melbourne, Vic

Climate Champion Initiative (A program of Managing Climate Variability and Grains Research Development Corporation)