Brief: Grants of up to $80,000 are being offered to local government organisations in New South Wales to help them adapt to the effects of climate change.

The NSW government will issue the grants through the second round of the $1 million Building Resilience to Climate Change scheme.

The three year scheme is funded by the Office of Environment and Heritage and NSW Environmental Trust and administered via the NSW government.

It aims to address climate change risks and vulnerabilities relating to water supply and security and priority infrastructure.

The majority of NSW local government organisations have completed climate change risk assessments or participated in regional vulnerability assessments to better understand climate risks to their assets and services.

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage deputy chief executive Ian Hunter said local government played a key role in responding to climate change because impacts and risks were experienced at a local level.

“These assessments confirm that the impacts of climate change will be experienced differently across NSW,” Mr Hunter said.

He said the grants would help local government and communities minimise financial losses, address threats and capture opportunities posed by a changing climate.

“These grants will promote coordination, collaboration and knowledge sharing at the local government level and foster regional alliances, common activities and resource sharing,” Mr Hunter said.

The first round of the scheme received 56 applications from across NSW and resulted in six  projects involving 21 local government areas. The projects covered peri-urban agriculture, adapting remote IT stations, urban heat islands and council road infrastructure.

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