Climate Change

Climate change is a significant challenge for local governments across Australia, requiring adaptation to changing conditions as well as action to reduce local energy use and carbon emissions.

In December 2019, Council declared a climate emergency, calling on State and Federal Governments to act to urgently reduce emissions, increase resources for firefighting and help local governments to adapt. 

Climate change is a significant challenge for local governments across Australia, requiring adaptation to changing conditions as well as action to reduce local energy use and carbon emissions.  In December 2019 Council declared a climate emergency, calling on the State and Federal Governments to act to urgently reduce emissions, increase resources for firefighting and help local governments to adapt.  This decision was informed by publicly available climate change information. 

Adapting to Climate Change

Adaptation is about taking action to avoid, manage or reduce the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events.

CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology publish regular updates on climate change measured to date, and projections for our future.

The WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development also publishes climate projections for specific regions.

Changes recorded in our region include:

  • Lower annual rainfall
  • Changes in rainfall patterns
  • Longer drier bushfire season
  • Increases in average temperatures.

The Shire of Mundaring recognises that our climate is already changing and there is a need to adapt and prepare for hotter, drier conditions in coming decades.

Improving bushfire risk mitigation and preparedness is a high priority for our area.

The Shire has a Local Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan which provides a framework for actions across key areas and addressing threats to infrastructure.

Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan (PDF)

Reducing energy and emissions

Visit the Reducing Energy and Emissions page to find out what the Shire is doing to reduce its carbon footprint, and what you can do to reduce energy use.

More information and contact

More information about climate change is available from the following websites:

For more information, please contact the Shire’s Environmental Team on 9290 6651 or email shire@mundaring.wa.gov.au.