Climate Change

Council takes an active interest in the changing climate and seeks ways to work with the community to best adapt to changing climate impacts.

Council is committed to reducing its emissions and energy use, adapting to the impacts of climate change, and to working with its community to increase awareness and assist in transitioning to a low carbon lifestyle. 

We see climate change as a consideration we include in our everyday operations – a normal part of our decision making process.


The following Sustainability concepts all play a part in management of Changes in the Climate -

  1. Water conservation
  2. Smart energy use
  3. Clever building design
  4. Low impact food - home gardening,
    permaculture design and bee-keeping
  5. Waste reduction and up-cycling
  6. Healthy transport and eco-driving
  7. Living contentment and wellbeing

Advice, Support and Adaptive measures are supported from a range of sources
National, State and Locally.


The National Climate Change Authority provides expert advice on Australian Government climate change mitigation initiatives.  The Authority is established under the Climate Change Authority Act 2011.

State Government

The Tasmanian Climate Change Office (TCCO), within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, leads the State Government’s activity in response to the impacts of climate change to ensure a successful transition to a low carbon future. 

Local government area climate information profiles have been developed to help councils, resource managers and businesses understand the expected climate changes to their local area and will help them to adapt to these changes.  The profile is downloadable as a PDF for each local government area.

Cradle Coast Authority

A joint authority created by the nine councils of North West Tasmania  to facilitate the sustainable development of the region, resolve regional issues and coordinate regional-scale activity.

Making Burnie 2030 Community Strategic Plan

Within the Community Strategic Plan are Each of  six future directions that contain a set of indicators to gauge our progress toward achieving the Making Burnie 2030 Vision.

For Climate Change the following strategies  have been developed to respond to the Community Future Direction 5 - A natural and built environment that is respected and cared for. 

Community Objective Council Strategy
5.2 The region develops and uses renewable energy sources. 5.2.1 Support opportunities for both commercial and private generation of renewable energy. 
5.3 A strong level of participation and collaboration in community based environmental protection and conservation groups. 5.3.1 Support communities that care for and protect our environment.
5.4 A region that is energy, water and waste efficient. 5.4.1 Support initiatives that promote energy efficiency.
5.4.2 Support the appropriate and efficient use of various water resources.
5.4.3 Support the State and regional strategies in waste reduction.
5.5 A built environment that is valued reflects our past and embraces our future. 5.5.1 Ensure the use and development of land enables communities to provide for their social, economic and cultural well-being and for their health and safety, while maintaining the potential for land to meet reasonably foreseeable needs, without risk to the life supporting capacity of land, air and water.
5.5.2 Ensure the form and layout of settlement provides attractive, convenient, efficient, healthy, pleasant and safe urban and rural places in which people live, work or visit.

Possible Investigation Methods to support these strategies include:

- Prepare for and respond to the future impacts of climate change: rainfall patterns, temperature, frosts, extreme events
- Identify risks & mitigation measures that local government can advise and implement: Bushfire Risk, Sea Level Rise Planning Allowances, Coastal vulnerability Inundation Map, Coastal Erosion Maps

- Reduce Tasmania's greenhouse gas emissions
- Identify measurements and targets
- Participate in reduction initiatives  (Energy, Industry, Transport, Waste)
- Encourage sustainable living communities.

- Find opportunities from a changing climate and the low carbon future.
- Develop new industries, future farming initiatives.

- Support a low-carbon economy including carbon farming  
- Invest in Renewable Energy 


Local Climate Change Mitigation Activities.

Council along with the wider Community have the opportunity to participate in a large number of Climate Change Mitigation Activities locally.

Waste Management:  Burnie's Waste Strategy Supports National, State and Regional Initiatives according to the Waste Hierarchy, Waste Best Practices, and Targets for reducing waste to landfill through waste separation activities.  Regional Participation in the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group (CCWMG) plus support of regional initiatives as part of the statewide .

Land use planning:  A Settlement and Investment Strategy for Burnie 2026 contains consideration of climate change, building orientation, development of land - including development on Coastal Sites. State Land Use Planning and the Burnie Planning Scheme assigns all land within the municipal district into one of 17 zones for establishing the purpose for how land may be used or developed into the future. The intention of a planning scheme is to deliver an acceptable standard of outcome for use and development in terms of the suitability of land and the likely impact for natural systems, infrastructure, cultural values and adjacent land use from an environmental, social and economic perspective. The Tasmanian Planning Scheme includes Overlay Maps for Landslip Hazards, Tree Preservation.  A number of Climate Futures for Tasmania climate indices are also available on the Land Information System Tasmania:

Building Code: The National Construction Code includes provisions for Energy Efficiency Requirements and Natural Disaster Mitigation. 

Energy Management: 
- small engine cars (council fleet) , reducing consumption in carpools, and eco-driving.
- offsetting carbon on flights, healthy/sustainable transport options.
- low energy consideration in building design and renovations .  
retrofitting of low energy lighting,
- educational sessions with community groups, Students, Youth Council.
- Click here for more Local Energy Minimisation Activities

Services and Infrastructure: Council considers climate impacts in infrastructure design and in the setting of service levels - Stormwater.

Environmental Management: Sustainable Water Supply - managing and protecting catchments, bores and water tables. Tree Management, Weed and Grass Management.

Flood Management and modeling: Community Flood Resilience Project, Flood Mapping, Burnie Flood Studies: Whalebone Creek, Shorewell Creek, Cooee Creek, Romaine Dam.  Council Service Levels - Regular Culvert Clearing.

Emergency Management: preparedness and planning, Emergency Management PlanTasmania State Emergency Service | Burnie Unit responds to emergency operations - general rescue, storm damage and land search and rescue.

Community Initiatives:
- Sustainable Living Tasmania - to build a sustainable living movement in Tasmania that drives transformational change.
North West Environment Centre - to inspire a new perspective on our relationship with the environment and each other so that we may all act to create a socially harmonious and ecologically sustainable future. Community Exchange Network Tasmania (CENTs),  
- Transition Burnie - working toward developing a  Sustainable and Resilient community.  The purpose and aim of the Transition movement is to raise awareness of sustainable living and to make communities more resilient to increasing energy costs and economic impacts such as the global financial crisis.
- Produce to the People - emergency food relief group in Tasmania's north-west, redirecting surplus food through free food hub,  community food growing workshops, school gardens, growing vegetables to sell to community and local restaurants.
- Burnie Community House, providing opportunities to the community and provides a meeting place for company, advice and support - Including sustainable living concepts. We are able to provide a range of services for all individuals and families.
- University of Tasmania Education for Sustainability Community of Practice - Sustainable practices are embedded within the University of Tasmania's operations and through the University's commitment to reduce environmental impacts, achieve economic efficiency, demonstrate social responsibility and enhance student experience.