City of Melbourne Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

Snapshot 

The City of Melbourne Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and supporting Action Plan addresses high-level risks of extreme weather events including heatwaves and flash flooding, with the aim to reduce impacts on the City’s current and evolving conditions, including a projected doubling of the population in the municipality to 145,000 people by 2030.

The City of Melbourne’s adaptation journey began in 2008 with the publication of Future Melbourne - City of Melbourne. This long-term plan for the future direction of the City of Melbourne was developed by Council through open collaborative public engagement. It acknowledged that climate change presents key strategic risks for the organisation, the community and key stakeholder groups and it made it clear that the effect of climate change is an imperative that must be addressed.

Future Melbourne provided the impetus to undertake a comprehensive climate change risk assessment, culminating in an integrated City of Melbourne Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and supporting Action Plan and the ongoing and successful implementation of action plans that include enhancing the resilience and diversity of urban forests, and researching design strategies for cool roofs to reduce the Urban Heat Island effect.

The City’s adaptation journey has involved comprehensive stakeholder consultation with professional networks, other councils, the Victorian and Australian Governments, universities and non-government organisations.

Risks and Impacts Addressed 

By 2030, Melbourne is likely to be significantly affected by warmer temperatures and heatwaves, lower rainfall, intense storm events and flash flooding. Drought and sea level rise also present critical risks for the City. Immediate high-level risks that require addressing are intense rainfall and wind events; heatwaves and drought.

Drivers for Adaptation Action 

Recognition that Climate Change presents key strategic risks for the City of Melbourne Council, the community and key stakeholder groups in the municipality.

Outcomes Achieved 
  • Comprehensive assessment of critical risks and analysis of their potential impacts and implications for Melbourne now, in 2030, and in 2070
  • Action Plan developed to address key risks and build resilience
  • Delivering a range of high value adaptation/mitigation action steps including:
    • Various Water Sensitive Urban Design projects
    • Urban Forest Strategy
    • Cool Roofs
    • Green Roofs
    • Heat mapping of Melbourne
    • Hot and cool spot analysis
    • Drainage infrastructure upgrades
    • Social research.