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 80 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.
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.