Local Government will be better equipped to manage the effects of climate change, with the announcement of $3.45 million in federal funding.
Councils across Australia will receive almost half the national funding, with the rest targeted at professionals such as engineers and architects.
Climate Change and Water Minister Senator Penny Wong says the money will help councils and relevant educational and professional organisations adapt to the climate change “we can’t avoid”.
Senator Wong says the $1.55 million provided in grants to local government will help them assess risks and develop action plans to deal with the effects of climate change.
“The Government is providing $1.55 million to assist councils to learn more about the local impact of climate and plan ahead,” she says.
“Local governments play a major role in planning and development, natural resources management, infrastructure, and health and recreational facilities, and so are crucial to managing the effects of climate change on their communities.”
Another $1.9 million has gone to tertiary institutions and professional associations to integrate climate change into their education and training courses through the Climate Change Adaptation Skills for Professionals small grants program.
Senator Wong says infrastructure including roads, bridges and buildings are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including increased frequency and intensity of storms and drought.
“This funding will help fill gaps in current education and training programs in fields including engineering, architecture, urban planning and water resource management,” she says.
More than 30 councils received grants of up to $50,000 and 14 organisations received grants of up to $150,000 under the program.
For a list of successful applicants or more information see www.climatechange.gov.au/impacts/index.html
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