Climate-proofing our city a key priority for Stonnington

Published on 17 December 2021

Gardiners Creek Biodiversity Project Zone

Climate-proofing our city a key priority as Stonnington prepares for a wet and stormy summer

City of Stonnington is committed to taking action on climate change. Since announcing its commitment to act on the climate emergency in 2020, Council has taken great steps to engage the community in climate action initiatives , and continues to work towards future-proofing the city to minimise the effects of increasing temperatures and extreme weather events.

Increasing water temperatures this La Niña year are expected to bring heavier rain events, and more intense downpours causing major flooding which will impact our city including roads, homes, businesses, waterways and our valued open space areas.

Ensuring a water sensitive city will help us respond to these rain events and other future climate impacts, including periods of drought.

City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Jami Kilisaris, says that declaring a climate emergency isn’t just about preventing carbon emissions, but also accepting that we live in a changing climate and need to adapt accordingly and future-proof our city.

“We know that we can expect more extreme weather events, including heavier rain events and storms.

“We’re adapting to this by making the most of water as it moves through the city and reducing its impact on local waterways.

“To do this, we’ve installed over 140 water sensitive urban design assets throughout the city. These include rain-gardens, wetlands, tree pits and permeable pavements.

“We've also invested significant resources in regenerating our key waterways such as the Yarra RiverGardiners Creek and Scotchmans Creek at the Malvern Valley Golf Course.

“To reduce water used for irrigation, we’ve converted many of our sports fields to drought-tolerant surfaces and introduced efficient irrigation systems for parks and sports fields. Many of our gardens and streetscapes include indigenous and drought-tolerant plant species to reduce water use and we’ve installed rainwater tanks in parks and Council buildings.

“Finally, all of our building projects include rainwater capture and reuse in their design as well as water-efficient fittings and fixtures.

“Adapting to and preventing further climate change is everyone’s responsibility, and we take our role in this very seriously,” added Cr Kilisaris.

Keeping safe during extreme rain and storm events

To reduce our vulnerability to these impacts, and adapt to our changing climate, City of Stonnington is encouraging all residents to stay informed this summer, monitor weather warnings and forecasts, and be prepared with a storm and/or flood plan.

Before a severe storm arrives, check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured, and check that gutters, downpipes and drains are not blocked. Park your car undercover away from trees and stay indoors away from windows. Be prepared for power outages and have a safe alternative light or energy source on hand.

Floodwater is dangerous and toxic – do not play, swim, drive, walk or ride through floodwater.

To find out more about how the City of Stonnington is ensuring the municipality is climate-ready, visit Sustainable Stonnington.

For safety information visit the Victoria State Emergency Service.