Australian cities are vulnerable to a number of natural disasters – rising sea levels, flooding in low lying areas, extreme heat conditions and extreme weather events.
Since 2001, the number of extreme heat records in Australia has outnumbered extreme cool records by almost 3 to 1 on daytime maximum temperatures.
Estimates are that in 2012 alone, the total economic cost of natural disasters in Australia exceeded $6 billion. Without action, natural disasters could cost Australia $23 billion a year by 2050.
Cities are where the climate crisis can be averted. Our capital cities can take crucial local action to manage the impacts of climate change, working with city residents and businesses to deliver and manage the infrastructure, industries and actions we need to manage and protect against harsh climate conditions and extreme events.
By working together, all levels of Australian government can ensure that Australia’s cities are strong and resilient, offering a quality of life that city residents today and future generations of city dwellers can enjoy.