Goal:

People in Loddon Mallee feel connected to their communities and are supported to become climate ready

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Build strong local networks and support communities to leverage off existing ties in their neighbourhoods

Community activities such as sport and recreation activities, localised learning, community meals, men’s sheds, even catching up with neighbours over a coffee all help to build and share values, and sense of community.

They see firsthand the risks and challenges people are facing at the local level and provide critical social and health services to those who need support.

They are also trusted by the community when external organisations or government may not be. One of the challenges that community organisations face is their reliance on aging volunteers to support their grassroots work.

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Enable continued involvement in community activities to build social cohesion

Community activities such as sport and recreation activities, localised learning, community meals, men’s sheds, even catching up with neighbours over a coffee all help to build and shared values and sense of community.

Loddon Mallee communities have a strong sense of place which we can harness to build resilience to a changing climate by supporting our communities to work together towards protecting what they most value about living in their communities.

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Build local leadership capacity and opportunities

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.

We need to build and strengthen climate change adaptation leadership across the region with a diverse range of emerging community leaders. People leading change
in their local community benefit from strong connections with others who share their sense of purpose and desire to influence change.

Peer networks allow leaders to reflect on different needs and strengths in their local community, different styles of leadership and processes to influence and engage community members. Leadership opportunities and skill building programs will allow participants to collaborate, pool resources, develop skills and build networks to maximise immediate adaptation impact and build future adaptive capacity.

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Connect communities to external support

Loddon Mallee has a strong culture of volunteerism. Well above the State average for many areas.

Through volunteering, our communities are doing great work to address some of the most significant social issues, including climate change. Without them, our local businesses, environment and residents will be much more vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate.

Supporting our local volunteer wand and building stronger community partnerships and networks will be vital. This includes access to decision-makers, financial resources, the latest information, and technologies to help our overall resilience.

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