The Mid North took a major step in preparing the region for the effects of climate change with the signing of the Sector Agreement for the Climate Change Adaptation Plan last Friday.
The agreement is a partnership between the state government and stakeholders from around the Yorke and Mid North region.
Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock, Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North chair Bill Vandepeer, Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board presiding member Eric Sommerville and Regional Council of Goyder Mayor and Legatus Group Chair Petter Mattey all put pen to paper on the agreement.
The signing took place at the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management office in Clare.
Mr Brock said it was a “very important occasion.”
“Climate change is an issue we have to deal with,” he said, “we need to get this message out for the general public.
“We are all playing our small part and we all have to change.”
Mr Vandepeer said that the agreement provided the Yorke and Mid North with the chance to be the benchmark for other regions in their efforts to combat climate change.
The agreement will include the implementation of the Yorke and Mid North Regional Climate Change Action Plan, which aims to create a sustainable, prosperous and resilient region.
Climate projections for the region indicate that average temperatures will increase across seasons, and will result in more hot days, fewer frosts, and harsher fire-weather.