Changing Climate – Changing Council

The Premier’s Climate Change Council (PCCC) was established in 2008 to provide independent advice to the Minister for Environment and Water on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change.  In addition, the PCCC takes a leadership role in consulting with businesses, the environment and conservation sector, and the wider community about issues associated with climate change.

After three terms and nearly a decade Nicole Halsey is stepping down from her role as a member of the PCCC.  In this role Nicole has taken part in a number of key climate change initiatives including:

  • Building Upgrade Finance – a finance product to assist non-residential building owners with environmental upgrades.
  • Roll-out of regional climate change adaptation planning across the State.
  • Establishment of Carbon Neutral Adelaide.
  • Engagement with business and industry decision makers about climate change risks and opportunities.
  • Advising on the preparation of the State’s Blue Carbon Strategy and the across Government Agency Climate Change Strategy.
  • Advice on the planning reform process and how to better respond to climate change via the new land use planning system.

Minister Speirs was very complimentary of Nicole’s efforts in his thankyou letter stating that her “extensive knowledge and practical application of climate change mitigation and adaptation, including the important interface with development and the planning system, have been of great value to the Council”.

Nicole has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the PCCC.  She is looking forward to her continuing leadership and specialist role in numerous climate change planning processes.

We are enthused at the prospect of new people that bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the PCCC.  We wish the new membership of the PCCC all the very best for the important work it does.