Events: Diary dates for community events adapting the West.

Events, activities and information sessions in support of climate change adaptation take place throughout the Western Region council areas of Charles Sturt, West Torrens and Port Adelaide-Enfield and Greater Adelaide. These events can inform, put you in touch with like-minded ‘Westies’, and occasionally celebrate the achievements of your community, as we tackle climate-change issues.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events. 


Past Events

Past events run or promoted by AdaptWest. 

Climate Change Action Series

City of Port Adelaide Enfield presented the Climate Change Action Series.

There were 8 different sessions from February to June of 2023, all held on Wednesdays at The Parks Library. 


Coastaland Dune Rehabilitation Project


Community Weeding Days run by Trees for Life

A series of 10 community weeding days were facilitated by Trees for Life, working to manually remove small and easy to manage weed.

The focus of the days will be to eradicate as many weeds as possible and raise community awareness of the threat of invasive plant species and highlight the importance of keeping those plants under control.


Red Cross Climate Ready Communities 

The AdaptWest team was pleased to offer the Climate Ready Communities training sessions. 

This two-part training looked local climate impacts, ways to avoid the worst of them and how to get your community ready.

This training was held over two evening sessions 

PART 1 -

  • Climate Change Overview & Projections
  • Adaptation & Mitigation
  • Values Based Connections
  • Individual & Community Actions
  • Messaging & Motivating Others to Prepare

PART 2 -

  • Transformative Community Solutions
  • Making A Plan & Next Steps


This project is supported by AdaptWest - Cities of Charles Sturt, Pt Adelaide Enfield and West Torrens.


RetroSuburbia: A Downshifter's Guide To a Resilient Future - online re-launch 

RetroSuburbia is about to be re-launched as a PDF pay-what-you-can model. It really is a “how-to” manual for these times!

"RetroSuburbia: A Downshifter's Guide To a Resilient Future is a book for this moment in history.

Permacuture co-originator, David Holmgren and the team at Melliodora have decided, amidst the crisis of COVID-19 and its ensuing economic fallout, to release their 2018 bestseller as an online, Pay-What-You-Can resource accessible to people worldwide who are looking for grassroots solutions to the challenges of this unique time."


Cooler, greener Adelaide - New planning policy, new opportunities - FREE Community Workshops in February 2020

Water Sensitive SA in partnership with the Adapt West, climate change adaptation program and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities is hosting a community workshop to build on the Cooler, greener Adelaide event held in March last year:

This workshop was intended to assist community members’ understanding of, and engagement with, the urban greening and stormwater management policies within the draft Planning and Design Code (Phase 3 – metropolitan and urban centres)

Community workshop objectives

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
  • how excess stormwater generated from new developments will be managed.

Workshop activities

The Planning and Design Code is predominantly a rule book of some 3,000 plus pages of planning policies. To assist the community to better understand the nature and extent of the landscape/greening  and water sensitive urban design related policies within the Planning and Design Code,  the policies have been translated into a series of drawings of typical development scenarios. 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.


Stay healthy in the Heat free workshop

The City of West Torrens hosted a free workshop on Wednesday 22nd January 2020. 

All attendees received a ‘Stay healthy in the heat’ gift bag full of information and handy goodies to help you beat the heat.


Let's Talk About ... Future Mobility for Liveable Cities - presented by the Adelaide Sustainable Building Network.

Discussion about the challenges of technological transformation in transport and consider how to create a liveable and sustainable future. 


Beat the heat: Hot in the city workshops - by the City of Adelaide with University of Adelaide and State Emergency Services -Thursday 7th November 2019 - FREE event.

Some great workshops run by The City of Adelaide - Find out 'what's hot and what's not' and prepare your own plan to be ready for the summer heat. 


Research Tuesdays: CLIMATE CHANGED - The Braggs Building - The University of Adelaide Victoria Drive Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM


It’s arguably the most critical issue of our time. But how aware are we of climate change’s likely tangible impacts? In this special year-end Research Tuesdays forum, four leading University of Adelaide researchers will discuss:

  • what past climate change events can tell us about how Earth’s systems will react in future
  • how climate change will exacerbate existing threats to species and ecosystems, including land clearance and introduced pests
  • the major barriers to biodiversity conservation, and policy tools that can overcome them
  • how complexity in our critical systems, such as food, energy, water and transport, is driving costly political and commercial uncertainty
  • why we must all integrate understanding of climate change impacts into our every thought and action—and how we can do it.

At times confronting, frequently challenging, but ultimately inspiring, this is an opportunity not to be missed.


The University of Adelaide Heat & Habitat in Cities Symposium - H2CS - Heat and Habitat in Cities Symposium National Wine Centre Exhibition Hall Cnr Hackney Road and Botanic Road 9 - 10 December, 2019

H2CS - Heat and Habitat in Cities Symposium, hosted by the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Adelaide, saw international and national experts, policy makers, planners, designers and researchers to exchange knowledge, experience and expertise and to discuss and debate concrete ideas for planning, designing, developing and improving our cities. 


The Australian Walking and Cycling Conference.

In conjunction with AdaptWest, the 2019 Australian Walking & Cycling Conference was held at the Port Adelaide Town Hall on 24 & 25 October 2019.
The theme of the conference was Active Transport in a Changing Climate.




Changing for Climate Change