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Changing climate in the Central Highlands

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 in ‘A Climate Journey’ was held in May and looked at the past with the Bureau of Meteorology. The second forum focusses on the future of the changing climate will be held at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre on Thursday 25 July 2019 at 6.30pm.

Presented by the CSIRO, this forum will give insight into how projections are made, how good they’ve been over time and what the latest projections tell us at National, State and regional scales.

CSIRO’s Regional Projections Research Team Leader John Clarke will talk about the cutting-edge science being used by CSIRO to inform our understanding of what to expect in the future.

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

The event can also be streamed live on Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/499688148

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