Campbelltown City Council has partnered with the University of NSW on two projects aimed at reducing the influence of urban development on rising temperatures for our growing community.
International studies have shown that temperatures in highly urbanised areas can be two to 12 degrees Celcius warmer than their rural surrounds due to an increase in dense, dark and solid surfaces that absorb heat, and the lack of vegetation.
The projects aim to better understand and mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect – that is, the temperature variation between cities and their rural surrounds.
The first project includes the installation of temperature gauges at three locations to collect localised information about temperature.
As part of the project, about 100 residents will also be invited to take part in a citizen science project next summer to collect measurements in three specific microclimates – neighbourhoods, green and non-green spaces, and car parks.
The second project is the development of an Urban Heat Island mitigation tool, using evidence from existing and emerging studies to inform Council’s decision-making relating to cooling buildings, streetscapes and precincts within the city.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, said the information gathered through the Urban Heat Island projects would help Council develop policies on better ways to build and live sustainably, and enhance the liveability of our city.
“Cooling strategies might include retaining more vegetation and planting more trees, including water sensitive urban design features, and using light coloured building materials which reflect, rather than absorb the heat,” he said.
“The population of Campbelltown City is expected to grow to 270,000 residents within the next 20 years, and with the frequency and intensity of hot days expected to increase, it’s vital Council takes action now to ensure our city remains resilient.”