Expressions of interest sought for Community Climate Ready Plan Advisory Groups Loddon Mallee Region

ADAPT Loddon Mallee is calling for expressions of interest from residents to get involved in one of the ADAPT Loddon Mallee Community Change Advisory Groups. These groups are an opportunity for residents to shape the Regional Climate Ready Plan for the Region.

Our communities are special and unique, so place-based responses are required. Sharing our communities’ experience of what works and what doesn’t, when it comes to climate change adaptation, will be a critical part of working together and planning for our future. Understanding each other’s challenges and priorities, as well as potential solutions, will also help to provide guidance to policy and support local decision-makers.

The aim of the Loddon Mallee Climate Ready Plan will support individuals, communities, organisations, and businesses to get ‘climate-ready’ and enable a healthy and prosperous future for the region.

Working Groups

ADAPT Loddon Mallee has been working away for many months across the Loddon Mallee region collecting climate adaptation stories from business, community, and locally based government organisations.  We want to share with working groups what we have heard so far to help co-create a fit for purpose Regional Climate Ready Plan.

There will be four community working groups:

  1. Climate Ready People Working Group
  2. Climate Ready Places Working Group
  3. Climate Ready Sectors Working Group
  4. Youth (Y-CAB) – the youth board has already recruited for

What will the groups do?

The advisory groups will provide two main function:

  1. Providing advice and recommendations into key goals for making our people, places and sectors climate ready in the region.
  2. Approve relevant sections of the Climate Ready Plan and endorse the plan to ensure it represents the regions unique opportunities, need and barriers to act on the impacts of climate change locally.

What is the commitment?

Community members will be appointed until June/July  2021

Time commitment and outputs

  • 4 online meetingsapprox. 2 hours plus 1-2 hours preparation time
  • Potentially one face to face meeting (TBC)

Recognition of expertise

Successful applicants will be reimbursed for their time and expertise.

Eligibility

EOIs will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Must be a resident or part of a local business located in one of the following local government areas: Mildura Rural City Council, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Gannawarra Shire Council, Buloke Shire Council, Loddon Shire Council, Campaspe Shire Council, City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Central Goldfields Shire Council and Macedon Ranges Shire Council.
  • Must have a level of experience and expertise in one of themes identified above.

EOI’s close 18 April 2021

What is the structure?

People – The group will be made up of up to 12 representatives from the regional residents with lived experience and/or expertise around the following themes:

  • Knowledgeable communities – Individuals and communities have the knowledge and tools they need to become climate ready
  • Well and happy communities – Individuals and communities are happy, enjoy healthy and enjoy quality of life
  • Secure communities – Individuals and communities have housing, food and financial security and access to the services they require
  • Connected communities – People in Loddon Mallee feel connected to their communities and supported to become climate ready

Places – The group will be made up of up to 12 representatives from the regional business community with lived experience and/or expertise around the following themes:

  • Knowledge and place – Our region is continuously learning about the effects of climate change on natural environments, built environments, and Traditional Owners
  • Healthy places – Our the natural and built environments are healthy and operate sustainably
  • Secure places – The natural and built environments in our region are protected from the impacts of climate change
  • Connected places – Places in our region are connected by resilient infrastructure and services that support our business and communities

Sectors – The group will be made up of up to 12 representatives from the regional business community with lived experience and/or expertise around the following themes:

  • Knowledgeable sectors – Have accessible and inclusive climate knowledge and tools, providing informed decision around operational continuity and competitive advantage in a changing climate.
  • Safe and healthy sectors – Be safe, healthy and enjoy quality work-life through business building capacity of their workforce and operations to adapt to a changing climate
  • Secure sectors – Have secure access to climate resilient workplaces, markets, financing and transport channels
  • Connected sectors – Feel connected, incentivised and rewarded to becoming climate ready
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Regional Climate Leadership Program

Community leaders and volunteers have a crucial role to play, by informing and supporting local business and community groups to adapt to changes in our climate.

The Regional Climate Leadership initiative aims to build and strengthen climate change adaptation leadership across the region. The program will bring a diverse range of emerging community leaders together to workshop projects aimed at building local adaptive capacity or delivering local adaption action.

Workshops will allow participants to collaborate, pool resources, develop skills and build networks to maximise immediate adaptation impact and build future adaptive capacity.

Leader profiles

The First Intensive Workshop

Our first residential workshop took place in mid-February and was a hive of activity and bright ideas. Our leaders were introduced to the program, the LEAD facilitators and most importantly, each other!

Our leaders identified their strengths and areas they required improvement and were organised into teams based on compatibility. Each of these teams will spend time discussing an issue that climate change is having on their community and present an adaptation solution or research into the issue.

The inspiring individuals brought forward fresh ideas, new perspectives, and admirable drive to help their communities navigate climate change impacts. We are looking forward to seeing the great projects they create over the coming months.

The second residential workshop will be completed online due to the current COVID-19 measures in place. We will continue to be innovative and find ways to further engage our leaders and support their work.

The Second Intensive Workshops

Since the first residential intensive workshop in Swan Hill, the regional climate leadership program has changed to a digital platform to comply with current circumstances.

The planned workshops have remained focused on influencing change and leading their communities through difficult circumstances.

These themes were presented by expert educators; physiologist Ivan Honey and Homeward Bound CEO   inspiring individuals who have demonstrated the themes in their work.

While many were disappointed at not being able to complete the intensive workshops in person there have been some unexpected benefits; namely fewer geographical and time barriers, as well as building skills in online engagement.

Future Intensive Workshops

We had aspirations meet in person for the final two intensives, however, it is looking less likely that this will be able to happen.

The ADAPT team is collaborating with participants and program partners, LEAD Loddon Murray, to change the delivery of the workshops to suit the current circumstances.

We are committed to co-designing the format of the program with the participants to ensure that their goals can be achieved, and they are safe while doing so.

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Hometowns of our Leaders

Principle Partner

LEAD Loddon Murray is a not for profit organisation, delivering community and leadership development through experiential, place based approaches. With twenty two years’ experience partnering with regional and rural communities, LEAD Loddon Murray is well known in our region for delivery of the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program. Grassroots community development focussed on local people, their confidence, capability and networks in serving their communities is at the heart of LEAD Loddon Murray’s work.

Principles

Community Resilience
Build capacity in our communities in an incremental way, rather than being prompted by severe climate events. To drive greater communication, effective engagement and collaboration across our region.

Leadership
Build capacity for all types of leadership in the region. Climate change adaption action will incur some upfront costs, but in the long term will protect against the loss of health, wellbeing, growth and prosperity.

Equity and fairness
Identify actions to support the most vulnerable people, places and systems that have the least capability to act on impacts of climate change.

Connecting networks
Connecting motivated leaders into strong peer networks to reflect on community needs, strengths, and strategies to influence and engage community members.

Capacity building
Providing tools and guidance to give local leaders the skills to enact and influence change in their communities.

Trust
Confidence that residents understand their own communities and are best placed to develop projects that will assist with local climate adaptation.

We acknowledge the First Peoples of the Loddon Mallee and their/our longstanding, rich and resilient cultures, rights and responsibilities to Country, and genuinely pay respect to their/our knowledge holders, leaders, Elders past, present and future.