Addressing climate change was introduced in 2017 as a legislative requirement for municipal public health and wellbeing plans to address.
Climate change refers to a statistical significant change (or trend) in climate over many decades. Changes are directly or indirectly attributed to human activity and include an increase in extreme weather events and long-term changes to weather patterns.
Specific environments will be impacted by changing climate which will impact on individual and communities health and wellbeing.
To address climate change, we will focus on:
- Increase capacity for climate change adaptation
- Improve community resilience and municipal relief and recovery planning in the event of extreme weather and or a natural disaster.
Increase capacity for climate change adaptation
Climate change adaptation is the ability of natural or human systems to prepare for actual or expected changes in the climate to minimise harm, act on opportunities or cope with the consequences.
Improve community resilience and municipal relief and recovery planning in the event of extreme weather and or a natural disaster.
The Victorian Community Resilience Framework for Emergency Management supports “the capacity of local communities to be ready to withstand, and recover from an emergency, using community, social and business networks to raise awareness, share responsibility and build self-reliance to strengthen resilience.”
What is relief and recovery planning?
Relief and recovery are responsibilities that require collaboration and coordination shared between individuals and communities, non- government organisations (NGOs), businesses, and governments at all levels and government agencies.
In the Wellington Shire relief and recovery planning is led by the Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee.
Relief and recovery planning supports communities to successfully deal with the impacts of an emergency, such as a bushfire or flood, on the social, built, economic and natural environments helping to build cohesion and resilience to better cope with emergencies.