Draft climate resilience strategy to be exhibited

Council is calling for community input after resolving to exhibit its draft Bega Valley Shire Climate Resilience Strategy 2050 for public comment.

Council said the draft document proposed a resilience approach to addressing the projected impacts of climate change across the Bega Valley Shire.

After discussion at the meeting it was agreed to add an amendment from Cr Mitchell Nadin who wanted a report to come back to council on the on the economic and legal implications of the strategy on economic and agricultural activity in the shire.

Although it was unanimously agreed to put the strategy on exhibition, there was some debate beforehand with Cr Tony Allen clearly unhappy about the document.

"Bega Cheese shares dropped today and there's nothing that can be done about it. This is Disney land stuff," Cr Allen said.

But the mayor Kristy McBain reminded Cr Allen that it was about the document going out for exhibition.

Cr Robyn Bain was keen to see mention of job opportunities through new technologies to which the director community, environment and planning Dr Alice Howe said it was their intention to identify the opportunities within the shire.

But Cr Bain wanted to see something on new and emerging technologies.

Dr Howe said it was council's intention to seek further input from the community, something the general manager Leanne Barnes reiterated saying council encouraged the agricultural and dairy sectors to provide input.

Dr Howe said it was about local actions everyone could take to ensure the shire was well placed to respond to climate-related challenges - now and into the future.

The draft strategy sets out seven areas of response: protecting our natural systems; preparing for natural hazards; liveable and connected places, safe, active and liveable communities; diverse and thriving economy; energy security; and food security.

Across these areas, the document identifies areas of vulnerability and risk, ideas for local actions across the shire, and a vision for success by 2050.

"Our final strategy will be a blueprint for a resilient Bega Valley Shire," Dr Howe said.

The draft Bega Valley Shire Climate Resilience Strategy 2050 will be on exhibition for a minimum of 42 days from November 4.

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