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Adapting the western region of Adelaide for climate change

Read the full report of the AdaptWest Climate Change Adaptation Plan (PDF)

In a hurry? – read the Executive Summary (PDF)

Want more detail? – read the research papers

AdaptWest in Action - read the AdaptWest 3 year Action Plan 

Climate Change and Coastal Flooding - read the Coastal and Inundation Modelling Phase 3 Report 

Vulnerable households and extreme heat - read the AdaptWest Report - Residential Building Retrofit for Climate Adaptation 

Red Cross Climate Ready Communities presentation givento the Port Environment Centre April 2021

AdaptWest Community Survey report 


AdaptWest Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Actions 

The AdaptWest partner councils, in conjunction with Red Cross held a series of community workshops as part of Climate Ready Communities.

In response to participant feedback, the resource below has been produced to help distinguish between mitigation and adaptation actions, as well as provide useful suggestions about actions people can undertake at home to improve their environmental sustainability.

Please click on the image to downlaod the full resource! 


AdaptWest Community Survey Results 


A community survey was conducted in early 2021 to test whether values expressed in the AdaptWest Climate Change Adaptation Plan (2016) are still relevant to our community. Further understanding was also required as to whether these values are still held in common by our diverse community, or if a different set of values and priorities are yet to be uncovered. The initial values were developed following a series of community workshops held five years ago, and attitudes and understanding of climate change may have changed since then.

The survey was live from 17 March through to 7 April 2021.

A total of 448 respondents completed the survey.  

The survey garnered key information regarding awareness of climate change and the range of activities already being undertaken by individuals in the community to prepare, respond and be resilient.

What did you tell us?
Respondents expressed a strong awareness about climate change, with 88 per cent indicating they had a good knowledge of climate change and 84 per cent agreeing that taking action on climate change was personally important. When asked about whether they had already experienced the effects of climate change 71 per cent said they had, with this figure increasing to 80 per cent who thought that it would impact them personally in the future.

When individuals were asked about their personal concern for how climate change would impact their lives or features of the western region, the impacts on our natural environment, including beachers, mangroves, rivers trees and animals rated most highly at 90 per cent. Concern for for future generations (children, grandchildren), along with recreational opportunities (parks and gardens, beachers, river environments and sporting fields) rated a close second at 89 per cent. 

Responses demonstrated these values in the AdaptWest plan still hold true, with scores ranging from 7.8 through to 9 out of 10 when asked to rate their importance. Overall, the coastal environment and coastal and riverine water quality were viewed as the most valued elements to those surveyed, followed by amenity and quality of life, management and use of stormwater, infrastructure and essential services, regional productivity and economic contribution to the state and a strong and connected community.

Results from the survey will help inform the future direction and priorities for the overall AdaptWest in Action Program.

Read the full survey results here


The risks to Australia of a 3°C warmer world


A new report has been published by the Australian Academy of Science (March 2021)


"This report synthesises the observed impacts of climate change on Australia and the risk to our future of the current global trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions. It focuses on the consequences of 3°C of global warming in the absence of greater mitigation strategies for four areas of importance to Australia’s future: our ecosystems, food production, cities and towns, and health and wellbeing. The impacts of those changes on the lives and wellbeing of Australians are discussed in detail."


The report can be found here 



Red Cross Climate Ready Communities - Kilburn and Brompton Sessions


The AdaptWest team is pleased to offer two more Climate Ready Communities training sessions. 

Join us for this two-part training and learn about local climate impacts, ways to avoid the worst of them and how to get your community ready.

Kilburn - This will be a session held at the Kilburn Community Centre - held over two days so please come along to both Saturday 8th & 15st May. Book here for the Kilburn session.

Brompton - This will be held at 19 on Green - held over two days so please come along to both Saturday 19th & 26th June. Book here for the Brompton session. 


Disaster Risk Reduction Grants Program 2019-21 - AdaptNow event

Adapt Now! Changing for Climate Change

The AdaptWest team are pleased to announce that we have been sucessful in being awarded a 2021 Disaster Risk Reduction grant to run a major event in the Western Adelaide region. The AdaptNow event will build on the successful “Hot, Hot, Hot” hypothetical previously run by Resilient East and Resilient South. However, rather than only focusing on a heatwave scenario, AdaptNow will explore the cascading impact a heatwave and flooding event will have on Western Adelaide. This will be done through a series of workshops where a scenario will be explored and a hypothetical co-created with participants. The workshops and event will be targeted towards Culturally and Linguistically Diverse demographics and the Western Adelaide business community

Please keep in touch with us through our newsletter to be involved in the workshops and the event. 


AdaptWest - 2021 Community Survey 

Are you concerned about Climate Change in Western Adelaide?

Climate Change Adaptation Plan

The AdaptWest Climate Change Adaptation Plan was developed collaboratively by the cities of Charles Sturt, Port Adelaide-Enfield and West Torrens. The plan identifies the implications of climate change; and provides realistic strategies for residents, businesses, organisations and the agencies that operate within our community, to get ready, to respond and build resilience to the present and future challenges of climate change.

Since 2018 this project has been in the implementation phase – AdaptWest in Action.

AdaptWest in Action - our values

Our AdaptWest Plan is guided by the following values that were identified during the early stages of work which informed the creation of the plan:

  • Amenity and quality of life
  • A strong and connected community
  • Biodiversity
  • Coastal and riverine water quality
  • Coastal environment
  • Infrastructure and essential services
  • Management and use of stormwater
  • Regional productivity and economic contribution to the State.

Complete our Community Survey

Our AdaptWest team are keen to understand whether the above values still resonate with our diverse community and what characteristics of the region these values are attached to.

What do you value about living and working in the Western Adelaide region, how do you think climate change may impact this?

What might you be doing to prepare for climate change both now and in the future?

We invite you to complete our community survey.

This survey is designed for everyone with an interest in the AdaptWest region. Whether you are an individual, a family, a community group or a business – we value your input and understanding.

The survey has 5 parts.

  • Part 1 - we ask a bit about you, don’t worry, nothing too personal. Mainly so we have some demographics about who is filling in the survey.
  • Part 2 - we are interested in your awareness of climate change.
  • Part 3 - we are interested in your personal, global and local concerns about climate change.
  • Part 4 - we ask how you might be preparing for climate change - what you are doing already, would like to do, or perhaps can’t do for various reasons?
  • Part 5 – next steps, we ask for any final feedback and provide the opportunity to sign-up to the AdaptWest newsletter – you also can put your name in the draw to win one of 3 x $50 EFTPOS vouchers as our thank you for taking part in the survey.

This survey is comprehensive and should take 20 – 25 minutes to complete - Start Survey Here

This survey closes at 5pm on Wednesday 7 April 2021.


Red Cross Climate Ready Communities - Thebarton, March 2021

A second Red Cross training session will be run in late March 2021!

Join us for this two-part training and learn about local climate impacts, ways to avoid the worst of them and how to get your community ready.

This training is held over two evening sessions -  so please come along to both Wednesday 24th & 31st March.

PART 1 - 24th March

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

PART 2 - 31st March

  • Transformative Community Solutions
  • Making A Plan & Next Steps

$15 per person, two-part training sessions, people of all backgrounds encouraged to participate. Please get in contact if the registration cost is an issue for you.

  • 6pm - 9.30pm Wednesday 24th & 31st March 2021 Thebarton Community Centre, South Road & Ashwin Parade, Thebarton.

Light refreshments will be provided but please bring along your own dinner to eat in the break.

A COVID-19 Safe plan will be in place for the sessions.

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

Eventbrite bookings now open for people who live, work & play in these Council areas of Adelaide's western & inner-northern suburbs.

Sessions limited to maximum 15 people - registration essential.

Please contact us if you can no longer attend.

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact Cristel Chambers, Community Development Officer at or via 0415 695 836.


Red Cross Climate Ready Communities - AdaptWest 2021

Join us for this two-part training and learn about local climate impacts, ways to avoid the worst of them and how to get your community ready.

This training is held over two days so please come along to both Saturday 27th February & 13th March.

PART 1 - 27th Feb

  • Climate Change Overview & Projections
  • Adaptation & Mitigation
  • Values Based Connections
  • Individual & Community Actions

PART 2 - 13th March

  • Messaging & Motivating Others to Prepare
  • Making A Plan & Next Steps

$15 per person, two-part training sessions, people of all backgrounds encouraged to participate. Please get in contact if the registration cost is an issue for you.

11am - 2.30pm Saturday 27th February & 13th March 2021 The Brocas, 111 Woodville Road, St Clair.

This project is supported by AdaptWest - Cities of Charles Sturt, Pt Adelaide Enfield and West Torrens. Eventbrite bookings now open for people who live, work & play in these Council areas of Adelaide's western & inner-northern suburbs.

(If you're in Adelaide's southern or eastern & north eastern suburbs, keep an eye out for more sessions coming soon!)

Sessions limited to maximum 15 people - registration essential.

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact Cristel Chambers, Community Development Officer at or via 0415 695 836.


Urban Heat and Trees Online Mapping Viewer

The AdaptWest councils in collaboration with a team of other Adelaide metropolitan councils, the State Government and project consultant Aerometrex, have built upon the metro wide urban heat data to also include a tree canopy map.

An online Viewer enables the user to zoom into an area of interest to view tree canopy alongside urban heat, building footprints, tree health and social vulnerability layers.

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology was used to capture the high resolution, three-dimensional tree data by flying over the metropolitan Adelaide study area.  A special camera onboard the plane emits infrared laser pulses, and records how long it takes for the pulse to travel to the earth and back. This allows for calculation of the location, extent and height of objects that the laser pulse interacts with (e.g. trees, power lines, buildings, and the ground). This means that a tree's leaves, branches and trunk can be ‘imaged’, along with the ground and any other objects beneath it.

These maps can provide a useful visual tool for benchmarking canopy cover and tree height at a point in time, which can be replicated in the future to track tree loss or gain trends. Not only do these maps provide a benchmark, they can help develop greening and cooling initiatives, and demonstrate the benefits in retaining trees and expanding urban canopy.



Estuary Care Foundation

Check out this great video from the Estuary Care Foundation which advocates for the Port Adelaide community to be protected from flooding, using environmentally friendly seawalls.




Living Smart Port Adelaide Enfield Course

Living Smart is a 7 week course run online (via Zoom) on Tuesday evenings.

Starting next Tuesday night (4th August) through to 15th September, 7pm - 9pm


Meet others who care about our environment and learn practical ways to live more lightly.

Through creative activities, group learning/sharing and guest speakers, you will delve into a series of topics (living simply, gardening, energy, water, waste, healthy homes, healthy you and community) and leave armed with practical ideas to make lasting changes in your life and your local community.

Everyone is welcome.

This course is suitable for everyone; from those that already know lots about the environment and living sustainably through to those just getting started. Participants are encouraged to share and learn from each other (as well as the two fantastic course facilitators and various guest speakers).

Delivered online means you can join in from the comfort of home.

More details here


Climate Council online book club! 

The Climate Council is hosting a book club devoted to climate change topics.

Every three weeks, they are going to be hosting an online discussion with prominent Councillors, experts, scientists and members of the community, and looking to take a deep dive into the issues facing the climate change movement. If you are new to climate change literature and want to connect with people virtually to discuss the most pressing issue of our time, here is an excellent opportunity!


Will Steffen - Climate Change 2020 - Why we are facing an emergency - April 2020

The team at Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB), Marigold Health Foods - Australia and the Renew Canberra Branch recently hosted a presentation by Professor Will Steffen.

Professor Steffen explains the current background data and science behind the climate emergency, tipping points and thresholds to avoid run away climate change, and gives a good summary of political and ideological barriers in the face of emissions reduction.

He then draws succinct parallels between climate change and Covid-19 responses. He discusses the fair transition from an economy based on fossil fuels to a broad-based social position required to move Australia in a different direction.




Port Environment Centre - update in the time of Covid-19

Right now the centre is closed to the public but remaining connected to the community through their website, mailing list and Facebook page.




A solution to cut extreme heat by up to 6 degrees is in our own backyards

AdaptWest has been working with a group of reserachers from Macquarie University to build on the investment in our Urban Heat Mapping project. Their researchers looked at the benefits household gardens (grass and trees) provide in reducing the impact of extreme heat conditions. Their summary report is available here. The work has also been picked up in The ConversationThe United Nation’s Disaster Risk Reduction knowledge platformAdelade Now; EcoVoiceThe Messenger and Cosmos Magazine

Letting your lawn die off? Think again if you want to stay cool

The AdaptWest councils are working with SA Water to monitor the cooling potential of irrigated water on public parks and reserves. An article about the work appeared in a recent edition of the Fifth Estate.


See how global warming has changed the world since your childhood

In this fascinating interactive webpage, see what impact the rise in global temperatures has had in your life time and explore why it is so important to limit the rise in temperatures for future generations. 


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 


Residential Building Retrofit for Climate Adaptation 

The AdaptWest project team is pleased to announce that we have appointed The Energy Project to work with us on this project. 


AdaptWest - Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP) 

AdaptWest was successfully funded by the NDRP to deliver the Residential Building Retrofit for Climate Adaptation project. The project is focused on targeted building audit and building fabric upgrades to improve resiliency to extreme heat events. Stage 1 of the project is to scope the potential implementation plan and budget to deliver on this project. 



Sharewaste is a website where people can share their kitchen scraps or can register to take scraps.


2018 SA Climate Leaders Awards

The South Australian Government has released both the finalists and winners for the 2018 SA Climate Leaders Awards for 4 separate categories. Government, community, individual and industry & business. You can find the results below or read more here.


The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) operates to provide supporting research and documentation for decision makers throughout Australia as they prepare for and manage the risks of climate change and sea-level rise. Read more.


Share what you grow

Want to share your extra fruit, vegetables, herbs and seedlings that you have grown with your local community? You can drop these off for others to take for free at a local Grow Free cart. You can also take what you need from the carts. Some of the simple rules are that there is no bartering, swapping or selling.

Find more information and find a cart near you.


Changing for Climate Change