Cooma-Monaro Shire council mayor Dean Lynch says the area is well placed to deal with the impacts of climate change despite a report that has found temperatures could rise six degrees by the end of the century.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that if emissions continue to track at the top of IPCC scenarios, global temperatures could rise by between 3.2 C and 5.4 C over the next 90 years.
Snowy River Shire Mayor John Cahill told ABC radio last week the Snowy Shire's two major industries, tourism and agriculture, would be adversely affected if the projections came to fruition.
"If the snow bank is substantially influenced of course that will adversely affect the numbers of people visiting the mountains and it will limit their ability to strengthen the season by such processes as making snow," he said.
However, Cr Lynch said while it was inevitable there would be some impact from climate change on the shire's economy, such as less flow through traffic if the snow was impacted, the key was being able to adapt.
"As far as potential impact on the economy, Cooma-Monaro is privileged to have a diverse economy not reliant on one industry," he said.
"The trick to dealing with climate change is being diverse and being able to adapt the local economy.
"There will be some impact- there is no doubt about it. But we are trying to make Cooma a year round tourism destination not just relying on the 12 weeks [of the ski season]".
"It's all about adapting- whether it's farming, tourism or local government."
Cr Lynch said council had also considered the impact climate change could have on it.
"For council, climate change will affect council in lots of different ways, the biggest one will be natural disasters," he said.