Climate Resilient Communities

Environment Pillar

Project Description

The Climate Resilient Communities of the Barwon South West aims to assist municipalities and key partners to begin to understand and respond to risks and opportunities presented by future climatic changes and extreme weather events.

During Phase One’s, information was gathered and high priority themes identified that require additional work to increase the understanding of resilience to climate risks and be delivered in Phase Two. These were presented in the Climate Resilient Communities of the Barwon South West – Phase 1 Report.

In Phase Two, projects were developed and implemented that will mitigate the risks identified in Phase One. While the focus has not been committed to, it may include a range of activities to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of climate change impacts on key sectors (e.g. tourism and agriculture)
  • Build capability within councils to manage climate change risks
  • Further collaborate on opportunities identified in Phase One
  • Develop detailed risk registers and adaptation plans (at council level).

A series of Factsheets detail show the progress of this project.

Factsheet 1 - An introduction 

Factsheet 2 - Project Delivery

Factsheet 3 - High Priority Regional Scoping and Delivery

This a joint collaboration between ten BSW municipalities and the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

The Project is supported by a range of partners, including Barwon Water, Wannon Water, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, G21 Geelong Regional Alliance, Great South Coast Group, the Western Coastal Board, Powercor and VicRoads.

The project was funded with the support of the Victorian Government under the Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership, with additional funding from participating councils and partner agencies.

Current Status

Following a full assessment of the region’s vulnerabilities, eight high priority projects were identified and scoped for delivery across the BSW. The State Government has provided an additional $400,000 to help implement these projects.

Detailed project briefs for five of these projects are in development.