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. 

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AdaptNow - Changing for Climate Change - Woodville Town Hall Wednesday October 27th 

Join us for a climate change hypothetical as we explore what you can do to prepare and adapt for a changing climate

When a chain of events occur, like weeks of extreme heat, with power failures and bushfire smoke impacting the metro area and storms that bring localised flooding, how would you and your community respond?

What would you do? How would you manage?

At these times services can be stretched and communities and individuals need to be more self-reliant.

How will you prepare? What steps can you take to help others?

Join us as MC Jessica Harmsen (ABC News) and a panel of service providers and community members explore a climate change hypothetical that will aim to both inform and entertain.

Learn how you can AdaptNow to a changing climate and create a more resilient community.

Register here for the event 

AdaptNow Business Briefing

AdaptWest in conjunction with Western Business Leaders hosted a business breakfast briefing at Big Shed Brewing Concern on Old Port Road. Big thanks to our speakers who included Martin Haese (CEO Business SA / Chair Premiers Climate Change Council), Rob Alberton (ANZ ReCon & Sustainability Manager, PepsiCo), Leigh Gapp (Sustainability Manager, Adelaide Airport Limited) and Craig Basford (Director/Brewer, Big Shed).  

It was clear from the awareness and interest in the room that climate change mitigation, adaptation and business continuity planning are challenges faced by all scales of businesses. AdaptWest look forward to sharing outcomes of this work at the AdaptNow event in October. 



AdaptNow - Business Breakfast Briefing - Wednesday 18th August 7.30am-9.00am (Doors open 7.15). 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 24th August – 6.00pm – 8.00pm) to explore how to plan for business continuity in the face of climate change impacts. To register for the follow up workshop please click here


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.


Changing for Climate Change