There is time to make a difference, but we need to act now
The climate in eastern Adelaide has already experienced changes with more intense storms, flooding, heatwaves and bushfires. If the climate continues to change, we will face serious risks that will become increasingly difficult to manage.
This section shows how Resilient East is responding and ways that you can get involved.
Feeling Hot Hot Hot!
The City of Adelaide, on behalf of Resilient East, hosted Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot! The event helped to better prepare the community for the challenges posed by extreme weather and heatwaves in Adelaide.
Senior representatives from Business SA, SA State Emergency Service, SA Power Networks, South Australian Tourism Commission, Bureau of Meteorology, Adelaide Sustainable Building Network, SA Health, Australian Red Cross provided advice on practical actions that the community can take to manage risks and be climate ready.
Our Heat Maps were launched on the 6th of February 2019 at Feeling Hot Hot Hot! by Mayor Kevin Knight, City of Tea Tree Gully.
Partnering with the Department of Environment and Water (DEW), we have mapped heat in our suburbs and vegetation health to identify areas most at risk. As temperatures continue to rise, we can use this tool to cool our houses, streets and cities.
Find out how heat exposed your property or neighbourhood is by entering your address into the search function of this interactive map. If you’re not in the eastern region, no worries! Find your map here.
It’s official, trees are awesome!
We all know the relief of finding a cool spot under a tree or walking along a shady, tree lined street on a hot day. Trees are vital for our wellbeing especially in urban areas where there are more hard surfaces, as they provide shade and reduce the impact of radiant heat. That’s why we are planting more trees to keep our towns and suburbs cool and liveable. Through our Tree Tags Project, we have calculated the value of some individual trees and are promoting their benefits to the community.
Check out this video to learn more about the value of trees!
Ridge Park flood control dam and Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) scheme, City of Unley
Ridge Park Dam on Glen Osmond Creek, delays water outflow to reduce flood risks along the creek. The dam was constructed in 2014/15 and serves the dual purpose of flood mitigation and stormwater harvesting.
The project is contributing to climate adaptation by reducing flood risk adjacent to the Glen Osmond creek whilst preserving the environmental attributes of the park. The project expands green open spaces beyond the park towards the effort to create a cooler greener Resilient East region.
Sustainable Garden Award Program, City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters
The Sustainable Garden Award program aims to foster, recognise, celebrate and reward community interest and the important contribution gardens and landscaped areas make to the Cities environment and community.
To complement the Awards, Council hosts a series of free sustainable gardening events with well-known South Australian industry experts.
This has proven to be a great way to promote emerging trends in sustainable gardening, including green walls, nature play gardens, kerbside gardens and bee hotels.
Linden Park permeable paving car park, City of Burnside
Located on the south-eastern corner of Greenhill and Portrush Roads, permeable paving within a public car park allows for rainwater infiltration to supply a small wetland. This treated stormwater is collected and reused for irrigation on the site.
The project is contributing to climate adaptation as water is allowed to infiltrate into the soil below, improving soil moisture. Water is also directed to supply the adjacent wetland, which in turn, helps to improve water quality. The wetland provides a quality green space for cooling, improving biodiversity and overall amenity.
Greening of street verges, City of Unley
City of Unley has established a program for the greening of street verges in partnership with the community. In this initiative, Council removes compacted dolomite and replaces with loam to enable plants to grow successfully, and rain to infiltrate. Residents help by planting and maintaining verge gardens.
This helps to increase public green space, which is limited in the City of Unley. It improves amenity, urban biodiversity and supports increased canopy cover which is key to reducing urban heat.
Council also developed a planting guide and established display streets to assist residents make suitable choices.
Urban Forest Interactive
The City of Burnside’s Urban Forest Interactive is an exciting new interactive website communicating the benefits of the Urban Forest through the utilisation of Council data collected on over 40,000 public street and park trees.
Explore the Urban Forest using the interactive map to view individual tree data throughout the City of Burnside, including tree species, age, height, environmental benefits, and more. You will also find useful information about the importance of conservation and how we plan to grow the Urban Forest.