Climate Change

Climate change is critical issue for our community, where societies and ecosystems are highly vulnerable to even modest levels of climate change. For City of Mitcham this means a general warming and drying trend. Identified impacts of these changes include: 

  • Higher temperatures – including more extremely hot days and heat waves
  • More frequent very high and extreme fire danger days
  • Decreased flows in water supply catchments (including the Murray-Darling)
  • Increased flood risk placing pressure on stormwater infrastructure
  • Shifts in conditions affecting viability of native plants and animals
  • Increased coastal erosion and storm surges 

For more information about Australia’s future climate visit the CSIRO website.

The City of Mitcham, in partnership with the community and key stakeholders, have been actively responding to climate change by implementing two closely related strategies: 

Energy Efficiency and Renewables

The City of Mitcham is focusing on reducing the amount of greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere by implementing active measures such as improving energy efficiency, using renewable and low emission technologies to help avoid future impacts of climate change beyond what is already projected and at the same time save money.

Resilient South

To address the climate change that is already projected to occur by increasing, as far as possible, our capacity to cope with the impacts of climate change, including variability and extreme events.