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Adapting Northern Adelaide

Climate change is already impacting the way we live, how our economy performs and the way the natural world functions. With continued emissions of greenhouse gases, we will experience further warming and associated climate change impacts over the coming decades.

Our Regional Partnership

Adapting Northern Adelaide (ANA) is a Regional Climate Change Partnership between the Cities of Salisbury and Playford and the Government of South Australia. It is about ensuring the region is resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Through collaboration, our region can deliver a coordinated approach so that our communities, assets and infrastructure, economy and natural environments can cope with the challenges and opportunities of climate change.

In 2016, the Cities of Salisbury and Playford and the Government of South Australia signed a Sector Agreement, showing our commitment in working together.

Download our Sector Agreement

Our Focus

“building liveable communities underpinned by a prosperous economy and sustainably managed natural resources.”

Climate Change Impacts

For northern Adelaide, climate change will mean warmer and drier conditions, increased risk of climate hazards such as extreme heat, fire and flooding, and changing conditions in Gulf St Vincent, like rising sea levels. These changes will present risks and opportunities. The region must address the risks to build resilience for the community, economy and environment, but also harness emerging opportunities. Implementing regional adaptation priorities will require continued collaboration across industry and government partners and awareness raising amongst the broader community.

For the Northern Adelaide region in 2070, under a high-emissions scenario:

  • Annual rainfall is projected to decline by about 11 percent
  • Rainfall intensity could increase by 16 per cent
  • Annual maximum temperatures are projected to increase by 2.3°C
  • Annual minimum temperatures could increase by 2°C
  • Extreme heat days per year (35°C or higher) could increase by 76 per cent to 82 per cent (up to 44 days).


Together with our community and stakeholders, we have prepared a Climate Change Adaptation Plan. This Plan identifies a range of actions to help local government, communities and businesses across the northern Adelaide region respond and adapt to climate impacts.

It identifies the priority actions and adaptation pathways that will help local government, communities and businesses adapt to climate-related risks across short, medium and long-term time frames. The Plan also describes a Northern Adelaide Green Industries Program to promote recognition of the region’s green industry capabilities, support South Australia’s transition to a low-carbon economy, and boost local jobs.

Download the Climate Adaptation Plan for the Northern Adelaide Region

The Climate Change and the Adaptive Economy Discussion Paper describes how a range of strategies are being implemented to both adapt to the coming changes and generate industry and employment opportunities.

Download the Climate Change and the Adaptive Economy: Discussion Paper

Regional Climate Partnerships

The Regional Climate Partnerships are a network of eleven regional, cross-sectoral groups delivering practical action to strengthen the climate resilience of their communities, economies and natural and built environments.

The eleven partnerships are: Adapting Northern Adelaide, AdaptWest, Barossa, Eyre Peninsula, Far North, Limestone Coast, Murraylands & Riverland, Northern and Yorke, Resilient East, Resilient Hills & Coasts and Resilient South.

The partnerships first came together to develop regional climate change adaptation plans, which were completed by 2016.

For more information visit the Department for Environment and Water website.