Climate Change

Extensive work has already occurred across South Australia by councils to develop regional climate change adaptation plans. However, moving from planning to on-ground action has proved challenging. This experience resonates with local scale adaptation around the world.

While collaboration and leadership on climate change continues to be a focus at a regional scale, attention has moved to addressing local scale needs. There is growing recognition that the outcomes of regional planning processes need further refinement so that they can be readily implemented by individual councils.

Individual regional partners (including councils) need to determine what steps they should take to implement preferred options. As part of this, it is important to plan how to enable on-ground actions and reduce barriers to implementation.

The purpose of this Guide is therefore to assist local government to act on climate change. The Guide provides a framework for assessing current progress with adaptation and assistance in how to prioritise and implement actions.

Find it here

Emerging themes for drought responses and climate change resilience report.

This March 2020 report included information from a stakeholder scan and workshop and information from regional adaption plans and climate vulnerability assessment.

Drought resilient region – Gap analysis and emerging themes report v2

Future Drought Fund report Opportunities Future Drought Fund – opportunities for the Northern and Yorke region FINAL


Climate Change Resource Hub

Hosted via the LGA website, the Climate Change Resource Hub is accessible to anyone, and contains information, links, useful guides and resources across a variety of topics including:

  • Climate Risk
  • Emission Reduction
  • Carbon Farming
  • Urban Greening
  • Urban Development, and more…

Go to the LGA Website, or direct access here:

Northern and Yorke Climate Change Sector Agreement

This agreement between the Government of South Australia and the Northern and Yorke Alliance formalises leadership and acknowledges the importance of the cooperative approach needed in responding to climate change and sustainability.

The region encompasses the Yorke Peninsula, significant areas of Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent, the southern Flinders Ranges, parts of the Rangelands, the Mid North, the northern Mount Lofty Ranges, the Barossa and northern Adelaide Plains. The Northern and Yorke region extends for 38,500 square kilometers. It is a varied and productive portion of SA and includes approximately 1,300km of coastline and adjacent marine areas.

The Region includes the traditional Aboriginal lands of the Narrunga, Nukunu, Ngadjuri, Kaurna and Peramangk people. Climate projections for the Region indicate that average temperatures will increase across seasons, and will result in more hot days, fewer frosts, and harsher fire-weather. Projections also indicate that the region will see a decrease in winter rainfall, but an increase in the intensity of extreme rainfall events. Sea level rise will continue to increase, as will the height of extreme sea-level events.

The June 2023 report provides an update on the Action Plan from this agreement June 2023 report