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Byron Shire floods impact rural life

Byron Shire’s plan for climate change Even the mythical Blind Freddy would have noticed changes to the Byron Shire environment in recent years. Extreme rainfall and flooding, coastal storm surges and sea level rise, dangerously high temperatures and bushfires, drought – we’ve been impacted by all of these. But what can be done to prepare for what’s to come? Byron Shire Council has had its sustainability team working on it, and its findings will be presented to Council on 5 August. Christobel Munson reports.

Preceding Council’s draft Climate Change Adaptation Plan (CCAP) is a foreword by Byron Shire resident, Dr Joelle Gergis. Among other attributes, Dr Gergis is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - the IPCC, and a senior lecturer in climate science. After referring to Australia experiencing its hottest and driest year on record in 2019, the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires and the 2020-2021 La Nina event resulting in severe flooding in Byron Shire, Dr Gergis notes that, “The occurrence of these types of weather and climate-related risks will increase in frequency and intensity as our world continues to warm. A future of compound extremes, like the simultaneous drought, heatwaves and bushfires experienced during Australia’s Black

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