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Research Report

Publication Details

Wales, N., Khanjanasthiti, I., Savage, S. & Earl, G. Climate Change Resilience of Melbourne, Institute of Sustainable Development, Bond University, Gold Coast, 2012.

© Copyright Institute of Sustainable Development, Bond University, 2012

The final collaborative report 'Coming Ready or Not: Managing climate risks to Australia's infrastructure' is available on The Climate Institute's website.



Science indicates that climate change is occurring, and represents a global risk which demands an urgent multilateral response. The high uncertainty in the range of possible outcomes of climate change stresses the need for immediate strategic action. Whilst international efforts in responding to climate change are strong, the role of both private enterprise and local governments in planning and implementing local enterprises is also important. Local and state government agencies in Victoria are well known for their progressive programs toward climate change resilience. Consequently it was decided to focus the review within this region where three questions were raised regarding initiatives supporting resilience to climate change.

1. What are the potential climate change risks for metropolitan Melbourne?

2. What are some of the major climate change initiatives of local councils in metropolitan Melbourne?

3. Are the identified government policies effective in light of the climate change risks identified within the scope of this study?

The greater metropolitan Melbourne area has a population figure of approximately 4.1 million.

By 2030, Melbourne is projected to become Australia’s largest city.