Clos­ing in on cli­mate

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­

A NEW strat­egy to be de­vel­oped by Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil will see res­i­dents pre­pared for the long-term ef­fects of cli­mate change.

And to as­sist in the process, Coun­cil has en­gaged a his­to­rian from the Aus­tralian Her­itage Spe­cial­ists to re­view and col­late in­for­ma­tion on all no­table weather events which have af­fected the re­gion.

Over the next 12 months, the Coastal Haz­ard Adap­ta­tion Strat­egy will be de­vel­oped, which aims to pre­pare res­i­dents who live along Aus­tralia’s coast­lines for the long-term im­pacts of cli­mate change, such as ris­ing sea lev­els, storm surge events and the in­creased in­ten­sity of trop­i­cal cy­clones.

Mayor An­drew Will­cox said in­for­ma­tion gath­ered would paint a clearer pic­ture of long-term im­pacts.

“The his­to­rian will work along­side our lo­cal his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties to re­view all of our records and iden­tify pat­terns for rain­fall, tem­per­a­ture and wind speeds,” Cr Will­cox said.

“This in­for­ma­tion will be in­valu­able in iden­ti­fy­ing which ar­eas are at risk from coastal haz­ards, so we can de­velop op­tions for re­spond­ing to these chal­lenges.”

The pub­lic is en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate by shar­ing their sto­ries and mem­o­ries of past weather events ei­ther or on­line or dur­ing pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sions to be held in July.

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