AdaptNow - Changing for Climate Change 

AdaptNow - Adapt West Disaster Risk Reduction Grant funded project 2021

AdaptNow! - Building on the successful townhall style hypothetical event previously undertaken by Resilient South and Resilient East (called Hot, Hot, Hot), the AdaptWest event intends to focus on the cascading impacts of heatwave, bushfire smoke, heatwave and flood risk with several background workshops leading to a hosted event where scenarios and impacts are explored with a panel of guest experts and an MC.


Recognising the constraints of a Covid focused world – if necessary, AdaptWest have proposed moving away from a purely townhall event to make the “event” a hybrid model with a combination of workshop co-created content, live streaming and pre-recorded footage that would then be available for later viewing and future work-shopping with smaller groups.


The event will be overseen by the AdaptWest working group and governed by the AdaptWest steering committee. 

Update - Covid restrictions and Statewide lockdown. 

Due to the Statewide lockdown restrictions coming into effect on 20th July we had to postpone and reschedule the events planned for the week beginning 26th July. 

The Business Breakfast Briefing outlined below will be rescheduled as soon as we have a better understanding of when this might be possible.

The community workshop has also been pushed back a couple of weeks as per the dates below.

Further enquiries please contact Jeremy Miller- AdaptWest Regional Coordinator


Postponed - AdaptNow - Business Breakfast Briefing - Tuesday July 27th 7.30am-9.00am. Big Shed Brewing Concern, 1154 Old Port Road, Royal Park.  

  • How would your business be impacted by a heatwave, smoke impact, power outage or localised flooding?
  • What would happen if these events occurred, one immediately after another?
  • Could your business continue to operate?
  • What could you do to prepare for, and respond to, these types of events?

It is not business as usual for the Western Region and many local businesses are acting now to prepare for climate change impacts and take advantage of opportunities.

Join us and learn what your business can do to make sure it remains viable and resilient into the future.

Your Speakers

Our keynote speaker will be Martin Haese, CEO of Business SA, Chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Council and Former Lord Mayor of Adelaide.

This will be followed by presentations from three local businesses from our Western Region who will share with us their thoughts on preparing for change.

Please follow this link to register for the business breakfast briefing! 

You will also be invited to join us for a follow-up workshop (to be held Tuesday 17th August – 5.30pm – 8.30pm) to explore how to plan for business continuity in the face of climate change impacts.


AdaptNow - Community Workshops announced

Please join us for a series of two community workshops to explore the impacts of climate change. Learn how to adapt to a changing climate!

Workshop dates:

  • Monday 16th August – 1.30 pm – 4.30pm - Community workshop 1 – at The Parks Library – Community Room 2
  • Tuesday 24th August – 1.30pm – 4.30pm – Community workshop 2 – at The Parks Library – Community Room 2



Climate change is seeing a warming and more unstable climate, with more frequent and more intense extreme weather events and associated emergencies. Communities and individuals have varied understanding and preparation for these events and so experience the impacts in different ways.

When cascading events occur, such as a heatwave combined with bushfire smoke, power failure and storms, services can be stretched, and communities and individuals may need to be more self-reliant. It is important to be prepared for such events and be able to adapt as changes occur.

Both workshops will be highly interactive and comprise a combination of small group work and whole group discussion to explore questions such as:

  • What would happen if a heatwave, bushfire smoke, power failure and storms coincided together?
  • What would it mean for you?
  • What would you do?
  • How would it impact others in the community?
  • How would they cope?

By the end of the second workshop, you will have contributed to preparing an adaptation plan that identifies the things you and others in your community could do to be better prepared and able to adapt when extreme events occur.


To register for the community workshops please click here

This project was funded under the Disaster Risk Reduction Grants Program by the South Australian State Government and the Australian Government
Views and findings associated with this initiative/project are expressed independently and do not necessarily represent the views of State and Commonwealth funding bodies.


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