Resilient South

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 so that our communities, businesses  and environments can bounce back from the challenges of climate change, and stay productive, connected, and strong. To find out more please go to our newly created Climate Ready Southern Adelaide website at

#Cooler, Greener Adelaide - New Planning Policy, New Opportunities Community Workshops

Water Sensitive SA in partnership with the Resilient South, Adapt West, Resilient East, Adapting Northern Adelaide climate change adaptation programs and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities is hosting community workshops to build on the Cooler, greener Adelaide event held in March last year.

Attendees will leave the workshops with a greater understanding of the Planning and Design Code and in particular the types of development permitted under the new Code, what level of green cover and canopy cover we can expect, how much of a site can be covered by hard surfaces and how excess stormwater generated from new developments will be managed.

At the workshop, participants will be able to view and comment on a series of development scenarios that represent business as usual development, development that just passes the new policy (proposed minimum standards), and development that goes beyond minimum standards for enhanced greening, stormwater management and amenity.

Adapt West

Tuesday 4 February 2020, 6:30-9:00pm
Room CC1, City of Charles Sturt
72 Woodville Road, Woodville

Resilient South

Wednesday 5 February 2020, 6:30-9:00pm
Domain Theatre, Marion Cultural Centre
287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park

Resilient East

Wednesday 12 February 2020, 6:30-9:00pm
Eliza Hall, Payinthi
128 Prospect Road, Prospect
(entry via Vine Plaza)

Adapting Northern Adelaide

Thursday 13 February 2020, 6:30-9:00pm
Salisbury Community Hub
34 Church Street, Salisbury

For more information:

Visit the Facebook event page here

Workshop program: Mellissa Bradley, Program Manager,, 0431 828 980
Event bookings and other enquires: Kathryn Bothe, Communications & Events Partner,, 0438 114 994

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City of Mitcham Resilient South Local Action Plan 2015-2019

The City of Mitcham Resilient South Local Action Plan 2015 -2019(424 kb) demonstrates a commitment by Council to the Resilient South program and its objectives including to:

  • improve hazard management and minimisation of risk associated with climate change
  • improve emergency response capabilities relevant to climate change impacts, and
  • increase the Council’s understanding of climate change risks, vulnerability and adaptation responses.

Over the next four years (2016 to 2019) we will commit to implementing the Resilient South Southern Region Local Government Implementation Plan (the Regional Implementation Plan) through our own Local Action Plan. The Regional Implementation Plan features four foundation projects:

  • Resilient South Equip - focuses on actions that integrate adaptation into Council’s strategic plans, community plans, local asset plans and regional public health planning
  • Resilient South Aware - focuses on increasing our awareness of climate impacts, risks, opportunities and vulnerabilities and tailors these messages so that they connect with the values of our target audiences
  • Resilient South Cool Places - focuses on projects in our open space and public realm where Councils have most influence including our parks, streetscapes, natural landscapes and sporting hubs
  • Resilient South Source to Sea - Aims to enable the region to respond to climate change impacts identified for the coast and our precious water resources.  These include reduced overall rainfall, increasing evaporation, increased stormwater runoff, sea level rise and ocean acidification

Heat Mapping

As our climate warms, heatwaves are getting hotter, longer and more frequent. Council’s Resilient South project is monitoring one of the key effects of climate change in the south an increase in the frequency and intensity of heatwaves through mapping. As part of our Cool Places foundation project we have developed thermal infrared imagery to measure the land surface temperature and map vegetation. By identifying hot-spots and vegetation we can make decisions relating to tree plantings, urban planning and the health and wellbeing of our community, particularly vulnerable areas. Take the time to discover how hot your local area is by visiting our heating mapping tool below.

Urban Heat Mapping Viewer

With the Urban Heat Mapping Viewer you can explore high-resolution surface temperature data for the entire Adelaide metropolitan area not just City of Mitcham. This is the result of three separate mapping projects, commissioned by the four metropolitan local government climate change adaptation groups of Adapt West, Resilient East, Adapting Northern Adelaide and Resilient South.