PROJECTS

The Hub’s priorities are focused on projects that will provide the greatest benefit to the Whitsunday community. These projects must align with our vision “A climate resilient Whitsunday region”.

WHITSUNDAY INDUSTRY RESILIENCE PROJECT

The Hub will be working with researchers and students from James Cook University in a project that will engage with key regional industry groups (sugar, grazing, horticulture and tourism) to determine how industry representatives in the region perceive the risk and opportunities presented by climate change. 

The Whitsunday Industry Resilience Project will see over 60 surveys conducted throughout the region in 2020.  The research will provide advice on the role that Council and other stakeholders could have in assisting key industries to adapt and build resilience to a changing climate. 

Download a copy of the Project Fact Sheet here

CALL FOR EOI FOR LOCAL CARBON OFFSETS FOR TOURISM SECTOR

The Whitsunday Climate Change Innovation Hub has been approached by members of the regions tourism sector expressing interest in purchasing local carbon offsets to help the industry reach carbon neutrality.
 

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authorities Climate Change Position Statement carries strong messaging that “Climate change is the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef. Only the strongest and fastest possible actions to decrease global greenhouse gas emissions will reduce the risks and limit the impacts of climate change on the Reef”. 
 

Carbon mitigation programs are required across all sectors to reach the Paris Agreement target of carbon neutrality by 2050 to which the Australian Government has committed.
 

A carbon offset or Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU) can be purchased to negate the impacts of unavoidable emissions (such as those from running vehicles or boats) with each ACCU representing one tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2-e) stored or avoided.  A local carbon offset project could have added benefits to the local environment and economy. 
 

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

To register your interest in local carbon offsets, please click here.

WHITSUNDAYS TO BE A SUSTAINABLE DESTINATION!

Whitsunday Regional Council have approved attainment of a sustainable destination certification. In line with Council's Climate Change Mitigation Plan, this is another step towards lowering the region's carbon footprint. 

 

Certification will provide region wide marketing opportunities and help to build the Whitsundays brand as the "Healthy Heart of the Great Barrier Reef". 

ENABLING MITIGATION TO REDUCE LOSS FROM DISASTERS AND QUICKEN COMMUNITY RECOVERY

The Climate Hub is pleased to have secured Monsoon Trough Funding to complete the Enabling Mitigation to Reduce Loss from Disasters and Quicken Community Project. The project will be completed in partnership with James Cook Universities Cyclone Testing Station and the Health and Behaviour Change in the Tropics Department.  

 

The research project will look to determine the most appropriate actions to take in the days before a tropical cyclone is expected to hit. Research will be presented with a cost benefit analysis clearly identifying the savings expected and optimal times to complete preparatory activity. Research will identify, inform and benefit the preparatory actions undertaken by the Whitsunday community, Council, and any coastal Councils or organisations subject to cyclonic activity. Results will be communicated to the insurance sector.

Register your interest in participating in this research project by visiting Your Say Whitsunday and filling in a short form.

Download a copy of the Project Fact Sheet here.

PROSERPINE HEAT REDUCTION FEASIBILITY STUDY

The climate in the Whitsundays is changing. As temperatures rise, communities seek shade or air-conditioning and can become less active. This can affect the local economy and our health.

 

There are many different actions that can be taken to mitigate the effect of rising temperatures such as planting more trees, changing the colour of hard surfaces and including water features or green walls.

 

The challenge is understanding how much action to take, what action is most beneficial and where it needs to be done.  

Download a copy of the Project Fact Sheet here.
HOW TO FUND AND FINANCE ADAPTATION - A CASE STUDY

Whitsunday Regional Council is one of the first Queensland Councils to progress through its Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS). With the final phase near completion, options to safeguard the region from coastal hazards (i.e. storm tide inundation) have been identified.

 

The CHAS provides an economic analysis, with an early indication of the cost of implementing recommended approaches to addressing coastal hazard at the region’s coastal settlements. This Case Study will determine how to best resource the required adaptation actions.

 

Greater understanding and preparation will ensure that coastal settlement areas can be used for as long as possible and residents are ready to adapt to the impacts of climate change and coastal hazards.

 

This project is being completed in collaboration with Kingborough Council, Tasmania. Research is being conducted by Griffith University.

Download a copy of the Project Fact Sheet here.

CONTACT US

Phone: 1300 WRC QLD

Email: climate.hub@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au

Address: 190 Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale QLD 4802

Postal address: PO Box 104, Proserpine QLD 4800

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The Whitsunday Climate Change and Innovation Hub is an initiative of Whitsunday Regional Council.