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.



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."

The re-launch is this coming Wednesday 8/4/2020 – tickets are free and available here:


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:

Tuesday 4 February 2020, 6:30-9:00pm
City of Charles Sturt
72 Woodville Road, Woodville

This workshops is 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.


For more information and to book a place in the workshop please see the Water Sensitive SA website or this flyer. 


Stay healthy in the Heat free workshop

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

With the summer weather only just beginning, join us for this interactive SES workshop where you’ll learn some tricks and tips to help make sure you stay cool this summer.

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

For further details and registration please visit the event page here


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. Wednesday, 13 November 2019 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The Jade, 142-160 Flinders Street Adelaide. Tickets from $18. Event details HERE

Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand event. Wednesday 6 November - 8:30am to 4:30pm, Flinders University (Victoria Square Campus), $150 for non-members

Event details: Climate Change Forum: What you need to know and no one is talking about  

  • “Is your health and/or wealth at risk? Who is at most risk of heat stress? Is your future income at risk, whether it sits in a superannuation fund or in a farm or city-based business? What sectors of the economy are most at risk? What does science tell us about these various risks? What can we do about these risks, particularly at a practical level?
  • Where in Australia and New Zealand are the people and industries likely to be adversely affected as the climate changes? What does the Actuaries Index show? How is the insurance industry going to react if we neglect scientific advice on where we build and how we build? Where does the law stand on property rights and the environment? On water rights? On climate change in general?
  • What can be done here in Australia and New Zealand to mitigate and/or adapt to climate change?


Environmental Health Australia National Conference 6th - 8th November 2019 National Wine Centre, $590 day rate for non-members.

Thursday morning has a disaster resilience focus, with a keynote from Dr Robert Glasser, Australian Strategic Policy Institute on the threat climate change poses to Australia’s national security. Event details HERE


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 being 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. Find all the details HERE


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

Event details HERE

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.


Achieving a Greener Adelaide - Parks and  Leisure Australia - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, U City Function Centre, 43 Franklin Street, $140 for non-members

Do you want to find out more about the 'Green Adelaide' initiative and how quality green public spaces can be achieved, as well as potential government and community projects, grant funding, and how your council or organisation can benefit? Then make sure you don't miss this must attend event on how a Green Adelaide can be achieved. Event details HERE


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, will bring 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 Symposium will be opened by The Honourable David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water. Event details HERE 


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.

Check out the photos at the conference website!




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