Climate Change

Climate change poses a real and significant risk to Council’s services, infrastructure and the community.

Climate Change refers to any long-term trends or shifts in climate over many decades, and anthropogenic climate change refers to climate changes caused through human activity. The main cause of human-induced climate change is burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, which releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Effects of climate change in our region include increased heat and heatwaves, decreased rainfall but more intense rainfall events, and more intense storm events.

State of the Climate 2018

CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology have recently released their bi-annual State of the Climate 2018 report.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The IPCC is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. To learn more about the role the IPCC plays in providing policymakers with scientific assessments on climate change, visit the IPCC website.

Climate Council

The Climate Council is the primary Australian climate change communication organisation. The Climate Council regularly reports on the impact of climate change within Australia and is an independent, community funded organisation. To learn more about the impact of climate change in Australia, visit the Climate Council website.

Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance (GBGA)

Greater Shepparton City Council works closely in partnership with the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance (GBGA) to raise the awareness and capacity of the region to respond to a changing climate. Projects undertaken with the GBGA include the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Plan, Sustainability Training Program, Watts Working Better Streetlighting Project, Climate Smart Agricultural Development Project, and the Electric Vehicle for Council Fleets project.

Council is currently participating in a Main-Roads Streetlighting project in partnership with the Alliance to develop a business case to replace streetlights with more sustainable lights.

Learn more on the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance website.

Extreme Weather

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent as a result of climate change. Events occurring more frequently in the Greater Shepparton region include extreme heat and heatwaves, flooding and storm events, and unseasonal frost events.

Please stay informed and prepared for these events through Council’s Emergencies web page and Council's Facebook page, and be aware of warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Shepparton Statement

The aim of the Shepparton Statement is to inform leaders in the areas of environment of the opinions on the youth of Greater Shepparton with regard to what needs to change to better manage the environment. Find out more on the Shepparton Statement website.

Climate Adaptation Plan

Council adopted a climate adaptation plan in 2017 in order to identify and assess climate risks to Council’s assets and services.

The Plan has identified impacts and risks to Council Infrastructure, Council Services, our Population, and our Region.

Council’s Sustainability and Environment department will be undertaking actions from the plan in conjunction with other key departments, to better equip Council to manage these events which are likely to become more frequent over time.

You can view the Plan here:

Council has developed an information flyer for residents to increase understanding of climate change impacts and provide tips on improving comfort and wellbeing while reducing energy costs during winter. You can view the flyer here.

For further information on climate change or the Plan, contact the Sustainability and Environment team on (03) 5832 9700.

Climate Smart Agricultural Development Project

The Climate Smart Agricultural Development project (CSAD) developed detailed mapping for the Goulburn Broken region to better understand how climate change will impact on our rainfall, temperatures, and agricultural production. Maps of expected yield under climate change at historic, 2030 and 2050 timescales were modelled for 17 commodities including pastures, grain crops, fruit, vegetable and timber species. The project highlights how climate change will impact on our region, and provides the opportunity for our growers and industry to plan and adapt to our changing climate.

For further details on the project, visit the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance website.

For further information on climate change, visit the Victorian Government's Climate Change website.