Since announcing its commitment to act on the climate emergency in 2020, the City of Stonington has continued to work towards the sustainability of the city to minimize the effects of rising temperatures and extreme weather events.
To reduce water used for irrigation, the Council converted several of its sports fields to drought tolerant surfaces and introduced efficient irrigation systems for parks and sports fields. Many of their gardens and streetscapes include native and drought tolerant plant species to reduce water consumption, and rainwater tanks have been installed in parks and council buildings.
Rising water temperatures this year in La Niña are expected to result in heavier rains and more intense downpours resulting in major flooding that will impact the city, including open spaces, roads, homes, businesses and waterways.
Ensuring a water-sensitive city will help Council respond to these rainy events and other future climate impacts, including periods of drought.
Stonnington City Mayor Jami Kilisaris says declaring a climate emergency is not only about preventing carbon emissions, but also about accepting that we live in a changing climate and that we must adapt accordingly and sustain our city.
Mayor Kilisaris notes “we know we can expect more extreme weather events, including heavier rains and storms. We are adapting to this by making the most of the water that circulates in the city and reducing its impact on local waterways.
“To do this, we installed over 140 water-sensitive urban design elements across the city. These include rain gardens, wetlands, tree pits and permeable sidewalks.
“We have also invested significant resources in the regeneration of our major waterways such as the Yarra River, Gardiners Brooks and Scotchmans Brooks on the Malvern Valley Golf Course.
“All of our construction projects include the capture and reuse of rainwater in their design as well as water efficient fittings and accessories.
“Adapting and preventing further climate change is everyone’s responsibility, and we take our role very seriously. “
To learn more about how the Town of Stonington is ensuring the Municipality is Climate Ready, visit Sustainable stonnington.
Image: To reduce the water used for irrigation, Town of Stonnington converted many of its sports fields to drought tolerant surfaces and introduced efficient irrigation systems for parks and sports grounds.
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