To drive towards a thriving and resilient future, Victoria will need training and education that builds the skills suitable for a climate resilient community and economy
As part of the Local Government Climate Change Mentor pilot project (2014-16), around 60 senior staff of councils from across Victoria received scholarships offered by the Victorian Government to attend the Enhancing Local Government Service Delivery training program.
DELWP engaged the University of Technology Sydney: Centre for Local Government to deliver the courses in Victoria at four locations, Warragul, Wedderburn, Wangaratta and Heidelberg in November 2015 and May 2016. The university accredited course is usually only offered at the UTS campus in Sydney.
Significantly, new elements and topics were interwoven through the course, including the impacts of climate change on service delivery for councils. In addition, examples of opportunities for councils that may arise from climate change were also included.
Feedback highlighted the value offered in the course's content, and its format for networking and sharing experiences and ideas.
The participants came from a range of areas in local government. The cross disciplinary connections, networks and insights were highly valued.
Participants also came away with a better understanding of:
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The Victorian greenhouse alliances also help deliver regional mitigation and adaptation programs, predominantly for local government. This includes the implementation of joint initiatives that provide economies of scale and enable projects typically beyond the reach of individual councils. Project work is complemented by capacity building activities and regional partnerships.
Our research community has a major role to play in aiding the transition to a more sustainable, low carbon economy, as well as providing guidance and tools for mitigation and adaptation pathways.
The Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research, while not currently pursuing new research, has a website that remains a resource for those interested in accessing their suite of publications or learning more about climate change adaptation research in Victoria.