Legal Advice

The following documents are various legal opinions on the liability of climate change for Local Government planning decisions. 

Divestment

In the Local Government sector, fossil fuel divestment refers to removing investment from banks and superannuation funds who invest in companies involved in fossil fuel projects. WALGA has prepared a discussion paper that provides an overview of divestment and examples of Local Governments around Australia that have divested. Submissions have closed for this paper. A a current copy is located here.

At the Climate Change Collaborators meeting in June 2016, the City of Fremantle and 350.org presented on divestment. Their presentations can be found below.

Energy Efficient LED Street Lighting

Street lighting is a key consideration for Local Government from several perspectives, including environmental, economic and community safety. The information resources below provide background information on energy efficient street lighting and examples of where LED street lights have been installed in WA.

Urban Forestry

An Urban forest is broadly defined as the collection of green spaces, trees and other vegetation that grows within an urban area, on both public and private land.  Urban forests are an important issue for Local Governments as they can reduce the heat island effect and offer green spaces for residents in increasingly urban areas. Relevant information sources include: In March 2016, CSIRO and the Department of Environment presented for the Climate Change Collaborators group. Their presentations can be found below.

Climate Change and Coastal Areas

Coastal areas are more vulnerable to impacts from climate change such as erosion and inundation. The level of risk is influenced by adaptation plans, community response and recovery capacity.  Relevant resources include: CoastAdapt is a new information delivery and decision support tool, designed to help coastal managers in Australia adapt to climate change and sea-level rise. The tool provides up to date information on all aspects of climate change from the science through to the impacts on the human environment, economy and wellbeing, to legal aspects of adaptation and how to engage with coastal communities. The tool includes fact sheets, information booklets and case studies from all over Australia.

CoastAdapt was developed by the NCCARF with expert advice from 64 authors and funding from the Australian government. WALGA are part of the Tool Implementation Partnership and will be running workshops for local governments (dates TBC). NCCARF are seeking feedback on the beta version of the Tool - provide your feedback at CoastAdapt by November 2016 to enter the draw to win a free iPad!