Enabling our infrastructure to be climate ready by upgrading ageing assets to withstand more extreme weather events
It is important to protect the public assets that are important in our region, including roads, rail, electricity, water, waste services, and communications.
These essential services are vital to the economies, liveability, and ongoing future of the region. However, many of these services are ageing with regulation around construction not sized to handle the additional stressors of a more extreme climate. Thus, assessments of these services should be conducted, and all utilities at risk of the effects of a changing climate should be upgraded to withstand the added pressure.
Risk management is the primary purpose of banks and insurance agencies, so much of this work for the private sector is already underway. However, we are seeking to work at the community level to gage which public assets they see most at risk, which provide the most value, and what resources are required to protect them into the future.