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Victoria's communities and businesses depend on infrastructure for energy, communication, clean water, transport and shelter

It is crucial that Victoria's built infrastructure does not support emission-intensive behaviours and it is able to cope with climate change so that services are not disrupted and Victoria's cities and towns remain vibrant and liveable.

The resilience of our built environment, roads and transport networks will need to be strengthened to reduce the economic costs of disruption and damage by more frequent and more extreme weather events.

Infrastructure Victoria

Infrastructure Victoria is an independent statutory authority which will provide expert advice and guide decision making on Victoria's infrastructure needs and priorities.

More information about Infrastructure Victoria and related publications can be found here

Infrastructure Victoria has three key roles:

  1. Prepare a 30-year infrastructure strategy for Victoria
  2. Provide advice to the Victorian Government on infrastructure matters
  3. Publish research on infrastructure matters

Councils, climate change, assets and infrastructure

Climate change is anticipated to have a variety of impacts on assets, infrastructure and transport under the responsibility of councils. For example:

  • Local governments in Victoria service 129,735km of roads (approximately 85% of Victoria's total road network). More, and longer, hot spells can weaken paved surfaces and exposure to extreme heat events can result in pavement rutting and cracking, as well as failure of bridge expansion joints.
  • Increased flooding of transport infrastructure, as a result of more extreme rainfall events, will impact roads and drainage systems, hampering the movement of people and goods and the provision of council services from kerb-side waste collection to meals on wheels.
  • Sea level rise in coastal communities will present challenges to built infrastructure such as roads, jetties and buildings, and natural assets including beaches.
  • Drought conditions impact on sport and recreational facilities (e.g. harder playing surfaces).

Investment decisions made today will influence the resilience of future assets and infrastructure.

How councils are becoming climate ready

To view state government funded climate change projects delivered in partnership with local councils, click here

Alpine Shire: climate change, infrastructure and assets

Staff from Alpine Shire share their approach to addressing the impacts of climate change on infrastructure and assets in the municipality.

Loddon Shire Council: climate proofing sport and recreational facilities

In the face of climate change, Loddon Shire Council has been making proactive investments to lessen the impacts of drought on its sporting facilities.