Friday, 15 March 2019 10:24

Record summer demands heat be a priority

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The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on the NSW Government to make urban heat a Premier’s Priority following a record hot summer.


WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert said “Heat has critical impacts right across our city. In a heatwave hospitalisations surge, power bills skyrocket, infrastructure breaks down, and traffic worsens.

“Heat is particularly challenging for Western Sydney, where temperatures can be more than 10 degrees hotter than the CBD, and energy usage for cooling 100 per cent higher,” said Cr Calvert.

“In December 2018, WSROC released its Turn Down the Heat Strategy; the first multi-sector approach to heat mitigation in Western Sydney. However, heat impacts all communities and we see a clear role for the NSW Government to champion this multi-faceted issue across NSW as a whole,” said Cr Calvert.

“Making heat a NSW Premier’s Priority would give all government agencies a clear mandate to tackle the impacts of heat in their own domain, whether this be health, transport, energy, infrastructure or planning. It would also ensure a coordinated, whole-of-government approach to this far-reaching challenge.

“WSROC acknowledges the work the NSW Government is doing to improve urban greening, but this is just a small piece of the urban heat puzzle. A comprehensive, multi-sector approach is needed to cool our communities.

“We must look at building codes that enforce cool design and reduce the need for air-conditioning; reducing both household power bills and pressure on our energy grid.

“Reviewing the capacity of our infrastructure such as roads, rail and energy to cope with extreme heat is also critical. We must ensure that these services are available when communities need them most,” said Cr Calvert.

“Empowering communities to take local action, by ensuring they know how to heat-proof their home, keep themselves safe, and check in on neighbours who may need help,” he said.

“This all-encompassing issue requires an all-of-government approach which is why heat should be a Premier’s Priority following the 2019 NSW Election,” said Cr Calvert.



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