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WSROC's grant plan for urban heat

Media release, 2 February 2020 

WSROC will expand its work on urban heat mitigation with a grant from Increasing Resilience to Climate Change fund (assisted by the NSW Government and supported by Local Government NSW).

WSROC has secured $90,000 funding to build on existing work that helps councils include urban heat mitigation into land-use planning and development controls.

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert welcomed the news saying “With Western Sydney now facing record temperatures and increasingly worrying levels of Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect, WSROC’s position is that a coordinated approach to policy planning is vital to the future of our communities.

“Mitigating urban heat in Western Sydney requires action on three fronts: using cool materials in building and construction; ensuring we are smarter in the way we incorporate water in design; and setting targets for green cover – including place-appropriate species selection in tree planting. 

“These key elements must be addressed together, to make an enduring difference. This is a key element in WSROC’s Turn Down the Heat Strategy (TDTH).

“Since its launch, TDTH has informed policy and planning decisions - including the Premier’s Priority for increased cooling through additional canopy cover, and the Greater Sydney Commission’s inclusion of urban heat as a key priority.

“A key aim of the strategy is to support councils in making urban heat and cool design an early consideration, by integrating best practice and standard clauses within the planning policy framework of councils’ Local Environment Plans and Development Control Plans.

“In partnership with Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC), we have already developed Local Strategic Planning Statements clauses that recognise and include urban heat.

“This funding will help develop planning policy that considers cooling design requirements from the outset, where it can be most effective. This includes setting targets for green cover, identifying the best type of building materials for use, ensuring water sensitive urban design and other measures that tackle urban heat.

“By ensuring best practice early in the development process, this funding will support better clarity and outcomes for councils and their communities. Ultimately it will increase the resilience of current and future communities, against urban heat.”

This project builds on the Turn Down the Heat Strategy, the development of urban heat LSPS clauses (collaboration between WSROC and NSROC) and will strengthen the Cool Suburbs project (collaboration between WSROC, Resilient Sydney and GSC).


WSROC Turn Down the Heat Strategy and Action Plan:

Media contact: Kate O’Connell  t: 02 9671 4333   e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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