Resilient South - Climate Ready Southern Adelaide
Resilient South, an initiative of the Cities of Mitcham, Onkaparinga, Holdfast Bay and Marion, is about strengthening southern Adelaide region so that our communities, businesses and environments can bounce back from the challenges of climate change. To find out more about our regional initiatives refer to our Resilient South website.
Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership
The City of Mitcham has taken the pledge to tackle climate change as part of the Cities Power Partnership. We’re proud to join the hundreds of Councils, towns and cities across Australia that are cutting greenhouse gas pollution, switching to clean energy and building resilient communities. To find out more click here.
Water Sensitive SA
Water Sensitive SA is a capacity building program that provides government, industry and the community with the support they need to deliver greener, more liveable communities sustained by water sensitive urban design. City of Mitcham is a proud program partner of the program.
Better Futures Australia
In 2021 City of Mitcham signed the Better Futures declaration to commit support towards climate action to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Better Futures aims to connect climate champions from all sectors of our society – businesses and investors; state, territory and local governments; academic and cultural institutions; farmers; healthcare and social institutions; communities; and First Nations peoples.
Energy Partners Program
City of Mitcham is a participating in the South Australian government’s Energy Partners Program assisting households to save energy. The Energy Partners Program (EPP) works with around 100 organisations across the state to help South Australians manage their energy use and costs. Assistance from the EPP is tailored to the needs of each partner organisation, helping partners to help their clients. EPP support for City of Mitcham includes:
- providing energy expertise and advice – assistance with developing energy-related resources and projects for clients, regular energy updates, a quarterly EPP newsletter (see below)
- directions to other services to help households with energy costs
- supplying resources and publications and articles for partner newsletters
- offering energy training and education
- connecting partner organisations to existing programs, funding streams and other organisations with common goals.
In 2020 Mitcham partnered with a number of other South Australian Councils to champion the development of Snapshot, community emission profiles across all South Australian local government authorities. Community groups, residents and businesses can now monitor the City of Mitcham community emission profile to hopefully witness reductions in greenhouse gas emissions urgently required to address the climate change crisis over time.
Climate Change Governance Risk Assessment
A governance assessment was completed in 2020 in partnership with Resilient South and Alexandrina, Victor Harbor and Kangaroo Island Councils. The project assessed how well Council incorporated climate change governance into corporate processes and frameworks and benchmarked Councils nationally and was used to inform the development of a three-year Climate Adaptation Pathways document.
SA LGA: Council Ready Emergency Management Project
This initiative was implemented in partnership with 68 Councils and SA LGA to review current performance and establish a policy and an incident management framework by mid-2020.
SA Water: Cooling the Community
The City of Mitcham has partnered with SA Water to create an interactive map to help residents discover the best locations across the city and other Council areas to keep cool. It provides live temperature readings at each location. These locations and reserves are efficiently watered regularly by Council to reduce temperatures and ensure that the recreational space is green, healthy and fit for purpose. To find out more click here.
Urban Heat Mapping Viewer
The Urban Heat Mapping Viewer is the result of three separate mapping projects, commissioned by the four metropolitan Local Government climate change adaption groups of Adapt West, Resilient East, Adapting Northern Adelaide and Resilient South in collaboration with the State Government. It allows viewers to explore high-resolution surface temperature data, tree canopy information and vegetation greenness over Adelaide.
Heat mapping allows Councils to identify hot-spots and better understand vegetation so they can make decisions relating to tree plantings, urban planning and the health and well-being of our community, particularly vulnerable areas. You can discover how hot your local area is by visiting our heating mapping tool below.