Preparedness for climate change and weather extremes


Integrated recovery planning at multiple levels, from property to council to regional. Planning will target recovery from long-term and short-term climate impacts, such as flooding, cyclones, drought, heat-waves, changes to invasive species and water availability. This includes short and long-term preparation.

How was it identified?

This issue has been reported by landholders post cyclones and informed through the RIS workshops and Your Climate interviews. Stream 2 messages discuss options for recovery.

  • Work with community and local governments to develop recovery plans that incorporate weed surveillance and management.
  • Identify with landholders the critical issues related to climate change, such as crop failure, drought, heat waves.
  • Identify issues related to post-event recovery, such as fire and cyclones.
  • Use historic and current datasets to identify key areas to manage weeds.
  • Develop robust surveillance and monitoring techniques for weed infestations.
  • Engage and provide information about local climate impacts.
  • Discuss how these will affect land management in the long term.
  • Discuss the critical issues that affect land managers after severe events, such as fire and cyclones.
  • Use the results of previous weed infestation data to target areas where the risk of weed spread is greatest.
  • Identify new ways of implementing land management to better adapt to climate impacts.
  • Potentially include changes to infrastructure, energy sources (solar), water management or new crops.
  • Prepare post recovery plans and ensure support is available to respond to events.
  • Develop flexible funding mechanisms to respond to events in a timely manner.
  • Implement the plans across the local government areas.
  • Trial the new approaches in specific areas as models.
  • Invest and monitor the new approaches to adapt land management.