The public reporting section of the tool allows the public to view information about the climate change impacts which are occurring in the municipalities subscribed to the tool and demographic profiles which highlight who in our community are more likely to be at risk from these impacts.
This area of the public reporting tool does not currently include a full range of climate impacts for Victoria but highlights the impacts that relate to two local government service themes: ‘Strengthening community’ and ‘Our local parks and sports fields’.
This section contains information for residents on how they can prepare and respond to the impacts of climate change, what local governments can do to respond, and some specific case studies on recent action by the subscribing councils.
It is important to understand that this reporting provides a snapshot of what local governments are doing to respond. It aims to demonstrate the breadth of the issues and variety of responses local governments are making to better prepare for the impacts of climate change.
If you would like further information on climate change impacts in Victoria, you might like to visit the following resources:
An internal section of this tool supports local government decision-makers to track the impact of climate change and evaluate and report on their responses.
Strategies, pathways and plans are often implemented with the intention of assisting climate change adaptation, but it needs to be asked whether we are doing things right or doing the right things. With the long timeframes and uncertainty of climate change impacts, not asking those questions can lead to adverse outcomes.
Through the piloting of this tool, council decision-makers reported that it will help them identify where their councils are absorbing more costs from climate change and why, which will create an evidence base for informed decision-making. Using this tool is also assisting the councils to raise institutional awareness and capacity around the issue of climate change adaptation, identify where services might be impacted in the future and ensure residents most at risk to the impacts will be protected.