Get Prepared for Climate Change

Learn what the impacts of climate change will be on the Peninsula, what action you can take and how you can prepare.

Today’s choices and actions determine our future. If we take climate action, we can restore a safe climate pathway for future generations. The sooner we get moving, the easier it will be. We can also ensure that our community, buildings, infrastructure and landscape are prepared for any unavoidable impacts of climate change. Both mitigation and adaptation are part of our Climate Emergency Plan. 

There are many ways to take climate action and live sustainably on the Peninsula. Learn more on our Climate Emergency Response page.

How is Climate Change impacting the Peninsula?

  • Increasing temperatures are already being experience.
  • Increasing frequency of extremely hot days (heatwaves and hot days) are projected to double in frequency by 2050).
  • Rainfall has decreased by 10-20% through most of south-eastern Australia and is expected to decrease further.
  • High intensity rainfall events are predicted to be more frequent and is likely to lead to flooding and storm surges.
  • By 2050 the sea level in Port Phillip Bay may rise by 24cm from 1990 levels. With many of our townships, structures and buildings close to the coastline this would have large impacts. This impact will also be compounded by the increase in flooding and storm surges.
  • Dry conditions will add to the fire risk.  More extreme fire weather and lengthy fire seasons are expected. An increase in the frequency and intensity of bushfire is predicted for the Greater Melbourne area.
  • Increase in extreme weather such as flash flooding, storm damage and prolonged drought.
  • Changes to our biodiversity including a loss of habitat, increased salinity of waterways, decreased stream flows, new pest species and disturbances of lifecycles.
  • Agriculture represents the predominant land use (40%) across the Peninsula and an estimated $1.3Billion contribution to our local economy per year. Many of the climate change impacts are experienced by our farmers.

You can learn more about Victoria’s changing climate here.

Agriculture Victoria has made a video titled Victoria's Climate 101 which explains the drivers of seasonal variability, observed trends and the latest climate change projections.

 

Prepare for climate change

Being climate-ready involves knowing the climate risks and impacts for the region, and making changes so that we can take advantage of the opportunities and reduce the negative impacts.

Our climate has already changed, and the continuing changes means we need to prepare for drought, heatwave, extreme storms, flash flooding, or bushfire.

The Shire is acting (in partnership with community) through its Climate Emergency Response, this includes ensuring our infrastructure and services are adapted for our future climate.

How you can prepare

Further information: DELWP Climate Change Adaptation Strategy