Welcome to Rec-Less - Less water, less often, more resilient open spaces

Climate change is already having an impact on open spaces in the Alpine Shire. In the 2014/2015 financial year Council spent $139,000 on storm clean up alone.   

The Alpine Shire Council, in partnership with the Benalla Rural City Council is implementing the ‘Rec-Less – less water, less often, more resilient open spaces’ project to better manage our open spaces in a time of climate change. 

Information released recently by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology reveals that the Alpine Shire will have more very hot days and longer heatwaves, a likely decrease in annual rainfall, and more heavy short downpours and damaging storms.

Climate change impacts mean we may have less water available in the future to irrigate open spaces.  We may also have a greater number of, and more intense damaging storms, putting stress on trees, gardens and turf areas that may have to cope with high winds and a higher rainfall run-off.  The species we plant need to be able to withstand long periods of hot dry weather and short spells of high wind and rainfall. 

We want to hear from you about the features that are important to you in open spaces.  Please take a few minutes to answer the questions below.  Your feedback is important to us and will be used to understand community use of open spaces.  

Rec-Less is funded with the support of the Victorian Government. Read more about the project at www.alpineshire.vic.gov.au