Clr. Lynne Saville opines:
Following my attend attendance at the LG Association Climate Risk: From Risk to Resilience forum on 18th March, I am interested in progressing the practical implementation of strategies locally to reduce the heat island effect predicted in Willoughby.
There are examples of strategies overseas and in Australia including use of lighter materials (not black) for roads and paths, green walls on buildings and street tree planting accompanies with education programs to assist the community to understand how keep cool on hot days
I believe we need to develop a clear policy and strategy to address heat island effect in Willoughby.
During the recent heat wave/ high temperature days in Melbourne, paramedics were called out to attend cardiac arrests every 11 minutes. NSW Health has been collecting data re Emergency Department attendances on hot days. NSW Health collects the stats and evidence and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage the data and evidence to predict heat island effect
Jenny Scott from Kuringai council has developed an excellent program using community development principles to develop a framework for action to deal with bush fire risk in that locality. The same frameworks could be used for building community resilience and strategies to reduce heat island affect as well as fire risk, relevant for WCC particularly in west war