Climate Change and Water Availability in the Yass Valley

Yass Valley Council

Funding: $149,000

About the project

The project is to assess the effects of climate change in the Yass Valley region and enable the Yass Valley Council to prepare for reduced water availability and ensure that existing and future water demand and water saving initiatives are incorporated into the decision making and policy framework.

Project benefits

The study will assist Council in assessing and managing the risks of climate change in the Yass River Valley and help build resilience at the community level through the identification of practical water saving initiatives which will be incorporated into existing environmental planning policies and plans, water resource plans, and capital works.

The Study will provide:

  • clarification on expected climate change effects, both at the regional level and with respect to the Yass River Valley;
  • practical planning measures and guidance in the form of decision-making and risk assessment frameworks to enable Council to better take into account and plan for climate change; and
  • an integrated climate change adaptation and water saving strategy that outlines how Council can adapt to and prepare for these impacts, build resilience and prepare local communities for water shortages into the future.

Project completion

This project was completed in September 2010 and has resulted in a Climate Change and Water Availability Report. This report considers the broader impacts of water availability on the community and the risks these impacts represent for the local government. The Report also identifies and recommends government policies and plans that need to be amended to align with the adaptation needs for a future with less water.

Further information

Further information on this project may be obtained by contacting the Yass Valley Council directly on 02 6226 1477.

The Strengthening Basin Communities program is funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.