Monday, 29 May 2017 10:02

Code Warm needed across the board

Children playing with water during February heat wave. Children playing with water during February heat wave.

Media release, 29 May, 2017

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has congratulated Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin MP for his strong action following February’s heat wave and is calling on Ministers for other portfolios to do the same.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “We congratulate Minister Harwin for taking decisive action to reduce the impacts of extreme heat on NSW communities.

“However securing energy supply is just one part of the solution. Extreme heat also has critical impacts on other essential infrastructure, as well as community health, emergency services and the ­­natural environment,” said Cr Bali.

“We encourage all Ministers to look at how they can prevent or mitigate the impacts of extreme heat under the jurisdiction of their own portfolios,” he said.

“The causes of extreme heat in urban areas are complex and must be addressed in a comprehensive way if we are to build a cooler, more liveable future.

“Not everyone can afford the luxury of air-conditioning – particularly our most vulnerable communities – and in high-density urban environments our reliance on air-conditioning is actually making the problem worse,” he said.

“If we are to really address this issue of extreme heat, the NSW Government must look at heat-safe planning requirements and design guides for both low and high-density developments.

“Prioritisation of the urban canopy and greenspace is also essential in reducing the amount of heat stored in our city,” said Cr Bali.

“Educating the community on how to cope with extreme heat events is also important, particularly the young, ill, elderly and isolated community members,” he said.

“Improving the availability of drinking water in public places and water sensitive urban design are also important for community health and urban cooling.

“Investment in sustainable technologies is also important – ranging from well-designed heating and air-conditioning units in high density precincts, to solar energy and heat-reflecting materials.

“Extreme heat is a basic reality in Australia and as we become more urbanised we must do more to ensure we are able to cope with its impacts,” said Cr Bali.

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 Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

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