The Victorian Government wants to help regional communities adapt to the impacts of climate change. Supporting our Regions to Adapt is a $9.3 million program funded through the Sustainability Fund. Each DELWP region is now developing a community-led climate adaptation strategy.

The draft climate adaptation strategy for Grampians Region has been developed by a Regional Climate Adaptation Group with representatives from state government, local government, the water sector, business groups, farming, universities, conservation and sustainability.

DELWP has committed implementation funding until 30 June 2022. Some climate adaptation projects are already underway and the 2021-2022 Yearly Delivery Plan is being prepared. For more information about ways the Victorian Government is working to mitigate and adapt to climate change visit climatechange.vic.gov.au

Draft Grampians Region Climate Adaptation Strategy

The Draft Grampians Region Climate Adaptation Strategy was released for public feedback. This feedback is now being considered to write the final version of the strategy. Please click on the button to download the draft strategy.

The strategy is accompanied by an academically researched Situation Analysis.

Grampians map with local government and Registered Aboriginal Party boundaries

The Region comprises the 11 local government areas of Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees (Central Highlands) and Hindmarsh, Horsham, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack (Wimmera Southern Mallee). This spans traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Eastern Maar, Gunditjmara, Wadawurrung, Wurundjeri and Wotjobaluk (Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Jupagulk, Wergaia and Wotjobaluk) peoples.

Adaptation is

Agriculture: adaptation is protecting agricultural land, managing risks, profitability, resilience and opportunities in a changing climate

Biodiversity: adaptation is building species and ecosystem resilience and functionality for long-term viability

Economy: adaptation is embracing the circular economy by redesigning processes, recycling waste materials and water, and generating local renewable energy

Fire: adaptation is preparing for earlier and longer seasons of more intense and widespread fire

Health and wellbeing: adaptation is minimising the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on people's health and wellbeing

Heat: adaptation is preparing for more extreme heat in the built environment and its impacts on people

Storms and flooding: adaptation is preparing for increased and more intense storms and flooding

Water: adaptation is changing the way we think about and use water to increase resilience to long-term climate change

Adaptation does not include solar panels, wind farms, electric vehicles and other climate change mitigation actions. The Grampians New Energy Taskforce (GNET) is leading the region's emissions reduction efforts. Visit https://www.gnet.org.au/roadmap-to-zero-page for more information.

The Grampians Region Climate Adaptation Strategy will be developed by the community. It will outline a shared direction and priority actions for climate change adaptation in the region.