What is ADAPT Loddon Mallee?

ADAPT Loddon Mallee brings together people from all walks of life across the region to learn, share knowledge, and build networks to support communities in our region to become climate ready.

Climate change impacts are already being felt in communities across the region. The pressure is being felt in sectors like local water, food production, and health and wellbeing.

While it is important that we all take steps to reduce our emissions to mitigate against further future climate impacts, such as embracing renewable energy, we also need to reduce our current and future vulnerability by taking adaptation action.

Adapting to climate change involves taking practical actions to manage current impacts and future risks to build resilient communities and systems across the region.

Successful adaptation is a shared responsibility. Individuals, communities, businesses and governments at all levels have a part to play. The challenge is too big to anyone to act alone – to ensure thriving communities in the future we need to work together.

ADAPT programs will focus on supporting the following priority areas under three categories identified in the 2018 Regional Gap Analysis (a snapshot of the report can be found here)

  • People: First Nations’ people, youth, the elderly, new and emerging migrant communities, people living with a disability
  • Places: The natural and built environment including small townships, rural cities, places of natural and cultural significance
  • Sectors: Agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, and health and human services

About our Region

The Loddon Mallee is the largest of Victoria’s regions stretching north-west from the outskirts of Melbourne to the Murray River and South Australian border. Included in the area are Echuca, Swan Hill, Mildura, Bendigo, Kyneton and Maryborough. The large geographic area includes regional cities, small townships and large areas of farmland. The Loddon Mallee is also home to Victoria’s largest population of First Nations’ people. For more information about our region visit the regional profile. 

A plan to get climate-ready

ADAPT Loddon Mallee was funded by the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). To complement the Victoria’s Climate Change Strategy each DELWP region has been tasked with developing a Regional Adaptation Strategy. The regional strategies (or plans) take a place-based approach and identify impacts and actions not captured by state-wide plans.

The ADAPT Climate Ready Plan is intended to be both a practical plan of action for the region and a document to support strategic investment.

The plan supports individuals, communities, organisations and businesses to get ‘climate ready’ and enable a healthy and prosperous future for the region. It has been developed through a ‘learn by doing’ adaptation planning process, which aims to provide regional stakeholders with a framework to identify, prioritise and deliver required adaptation action within their local area.

With the input of the community, ADAPT program participants and key stakeholders our climate-ready plan identifies:

  • What are the key values and assets of the region?
  • What is most at risk in our communities?
  • What are the key goals, objectives and actions needed to address those risks?

We acknowledge and respect Victorian Traditional Owners as the original custodians of Victoria’s land and waters, their unique ability to care for Country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices. We are committed to enabling self-determination for all Aboriginal people and aim to work closely with the Aboriginal community to drive action and improve outcomes especially in the context of a changing climate.