Queensland government to host community workshops on climate change action
September 22, 2017
The Queensland Government is staging a series of workshops across the state to help communities take action on climate change.
Environment Minister Steven Miles said Queensland is already experiencing the effects of climate change, with higher temperatures, harsher fire weather, changes to rainfall patterns, more frequent sea-level extremes and more severe storms. He said government representatives visited regional communities last year to consult with people on what they wanted in terms of climate change policy in Queensland.
“Overwhelmingly, they asked for us to show leadership. They saw the agriculture sector and our coastal communities as particularly vulnerable.
“And that’s why much of our focus is on supporting local governments through programs such as the $12 million QCoast2100 fund - because they have so much responsibility when it comes to disaster response planning.”
Since releasing the Queensland Climate Transition Strategy and Climate Adaptation Strategy in July 2017, new initiatives have included:
The launch of the Electric Vehicle Superhighway
an industry summit on carbon farming opportunities for Queensland
sponsorship of the 2017 Global Business Challenge to encourage innovation in renewable energy.
The Climate Change community information sessions will be held at:
Gold Coast – Wednesday 27 September
Toowoomba – Thursday 28 September
Gympie – Friday 29 September
Gladstone – Wednesday 4 October
Mackay – Thursday 5 October
Townsville – Tuesday 10 October
Cairns – Wednesday 11 October
Brisbane – Tuesday 17 October
A second round of information sessions will take place in the coming months in western Queensland and remote communities.