There are three main aspects of the built environment where Councils can influence the management of climate risk and deliver sustainable design outcomes: assets and capital works, planning, and community education and advocacy.

However, regional Councils often struggle to secure the appropriate human and financial resources to deliver these services. We investigated four options for regional councils including three collaborative approaches, while also looking at the option to go-it- alone.


5 regional councils






Nils Versemann


Councils greatest level of influence is in its control of assets and capital works. The challenge is however, that this generally represents less than 2% of the Greenhouse gas emissions of the municipality. Councils must therefore exercise other levers.

  • Analysed best practice case studies to understand what resourcing looks like for better-resourced Councils
  • Gained an in-depth understanding of each of the partner Council’s current status through internal meetings and desktop research
  • Presented the four models by undertaking a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats analysis
  • Delivered tailored feasibility and delivery plans to outline the benefits of a collaborative approach

The five partner Councils will seek external funding opportunities to fund a Climate Risk Assessment resource for the region to undertake detailed assessment of Council owned and operated assets.