Bass Coast,
12
September
2014
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03:23
Australia/Melbourne

Gippsland Plans For Changing Climate

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Councils across Gippsland are working together to create adaptation measures to increase local resilience to climate change.

Bass Coast Shire Council, together with Baw Baw, South Gippsland, Wellington, Latrobe City and East Gippsland councils and the Gippsland Climate Change Network, will oversee the $292,000 project.

The project aims to integrate climatic risk and adaptation into local and regional strategies.

The councils received $200,000 in funding from the Victorian Government’s Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership, and each council has also contributed funding and in-kind support to the three year project.

Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, said Bass Coast Shire Council and other councils across Gippsland have identified the need for integrating climate risk and adaptation across their daily operations.

“Our Council has started the process to embed adaptation into their strategies, plans and processes,” Cr Rankine said.

“While councils can reduce their own emissions, this isn't going to be enough to halt the impacts of climate change.“We are aiming to find practical ways to best manage climate risk to the community, and to council's assets and services, as part of everyday business.”

The first phase of the project is set to begin at the end of this month and will involve establishing the working group and developing a regional and Council specific implementation plan.