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Central Highlands – find out more about the changing climate

Community members in the Grampians region are invited on ‘A Climate Journey’, a series of public forums, focussing on the past, present and future of the changing climate in our region.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Community and Partnerships Program Manager, Tim Hudspith said: “We encourage anyone with an interest in our climate to come along. We hope by attending the forums people find out more about how our climate is changing, particularly in their local area.”
‘A Climate Journey’ is part of the ‘Supporting our Regions to Adapt’ initiative, a three-year program providing practical support for communities to prepare for the challenges of a changing climate.

The first forum will be held at the Mercure Ballarat on Tuesday 14 May 2019 at 6.30pm.
Focussed on the past, it will be presented by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and will give insight into changes in rainfall and average temperatures in our region.
BOM’s Manager of Climate Services Dr David Jones will talk about why climate change matters, the effects and variables, and what we can do to improve our preparedness and response.

Ballarat Environment Network’s Sherie Draper will also present the ‘One Planet Living’ approach and explain how individuals can make a difference.
Mr Hudspith said DELWP is committed to helping regional communities and organisations work together to adapt to the impacts of climate change under Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

“As well as sharing knowledge about our changing climate, the forums will provide an opportunity for people to find out how they can soon be involved in developing the Climate Adaptation Plan,” said Mr Hudspith.
“The Climate Change Adaptation Plan will create a shared community vision and actions to adapt to some of the risks of climate change in the future.”

Details about this series of forums, A Climate Journey, and upcoming events can be found at: AClimateJourneySeriesDELWP.eventbrite.com

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