Local Government Planning Responses to the Physical Impacts of Climate Change in New South Wales, Australia

By Nadine Elizabeth White.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Effective policy responses of governments to the impacts of
unavoidable climate change require effective adaptation
plans. This paper presents the results of original research
conducted in New South Wales, Australia, on the planning
response of local governments for adapting to the physical
impacts of climate change. Local government is the level of
governance that is at the ‘coal face’ of dealing with sea
level rise, coastal erosion, increased storm events,
increased flooding, increased drought and other physical
impacts of climate change in Australia. The study
investigates the perceptions of local government planners
regarding the actions taken within their local government
area to plan for the physical impacts of climate change,
the effectiveness of that response, and what further
actions they perceive should be undertaken in the future.
This applied evaluation research is conducted within a
postpositivist paradigm and is analysed through the
theoretical framework of adaptive management. The results
of the study indicate that more needs to be done to plan
for the physical impacts of climate change, including
conducting risk assessments, policy development and
collaboration between councils.

Keywords: Climate Change, Adaptive Planning, Local Government, New South Wales, Australia

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.829MB).

Nadine Elizabeth White

Research Assistant and Honours Student, Australian Regional Tourism Research Centre, Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales, Australia

Nadine Elizabeth White is a PhD Scholar and a researcher at Southern Cross University (SCU). Nadine has a Bachelor of Environmental Tourism Management and a first class Honours in the Bachelor of Business in Tourism Management from SCU. She has received several awards for her studies including a Federal Government scholarship to commence a PhD. Nadine recently co-authored the Sustainable Tourism CRC (STCRC) technical report ‘Climate Change and Australian Tourism: A Scoping Study’, undertaken on behalf of the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF). She is also involved in a climate change pilot research project currently being undertaken at SCU. Her main research focus is climate change and tourism, and her other research interests include sustainable development, Indigenous business and regional tourism.


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