Throughout the development of this Plan a number of communication and engagement activities were undertaken to inform its development.
Regional NRM Planners and Technical Experts
This group was engaged early in the project to provide direct input into a review of the Goulburn Broken regional NRM planning framework, including an analysis of key landscape processes, how climate change is currently considered in planning and a SWOT analysis of the regional planning frameworks with respect to climate change.
The group participated in a number of workshops to establish criteria for an assessment of the vulnerability of the Goulburn Broken Catchment’s natural resources to climate change that included assigning criteria weightings and informing and documenting assumptions underpinning the criteria.
The group also had input into the design and functionality of a Spatial Assessment Tool to spatially represent the vulnerability assessment.
Members of this group included NRM planners and technical experts representing the Goulburn Broken CMA, Goulburn Murray Water and the (Victorian) Department of Environment and Primary Industries (now Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) plus NRM consultants.
This group was given the opportunity to provide feedback to the first version of a draft of this Plan as part of a targeted consultation phase in July/August 2015 and then subsequently to the second version of the draft of this Plan as part of a broad consultation phase in October/November 2015.
A number of other NRM planners and technical experts were also engaged in an Adaptation Pathways Planning trial, exposing them to the climate change adaptation planning process.
Industry and Community Experts
This group was involved in a workshop offering participants the opportunity to provide input into the Plan. The objectives of the workshop were to:
- provide information about the Goulburn Broken CMA’s regional NRM planning for climate change project;
- develop criteria which may be used to identify key areas of climate change vulnerability and priorities for climate change adaptation and carbon farming within the Goulburn Broken CMA region; and
- obtain feedback on a review of how climate change has been addressed in the Goulburn Broken regional NRM planning framework.
This group of participants was significantly interested in the Goulburn Broken CMA’s strategic objectives with respect to climate change adaptation planning. They did not engage fully with the information that was intended to be discussed in the workshop and hence discussions diverged to more general climate change issues. The group was given an opportunity to provide comment on the draft of this Plan during a broad consultation phase in October/November 2015.
A number of key partners have been engaged through a variety of methods over the course of the regional NRM planning for climate change project.
- Formal presentations have been given on seven occasions as a part of seminars or conferences with attendees representing partners from research, state and federal government and other NRM organisations.
- Written reports have been provided monthly to the Goulburn Broken Catchment’s NRM Partnership Team, providing an update on progress and major achievements.
- The Goulburn Broken CMA is a member of the Victorian NRM Planning for Climate Change Forum in which members share project development and collaborate on projects.
- Engagement and communication activities have also been facilitated through the Murray Basin Cluster of NRM groups for the Regional NRM Planning for Climate Change Stream 2 projects. Both NRM organisations and climate change researchers have had input into the projects.
- Briefings have also been provided to the Hume Region Managers Forum Environment Sub-group, Sustainability Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance and the Goulburn Broken Local Government Biodiversity Reference Group. This group was also given an opportunity to provide comment on the draft Plan during the broader consultation phase in October/ November 2015.
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Community
The broader community has been engaged in the project through a series of ‘kitchen table’ discussions to understand the community’s perceptions about climate change and discuss what climate change adaptation options are needed both now and in the future.
The community was also given the opportunity to provide feedback to the draft of this Plan during a period of broad public consultation in October/November 2015.
Regional NRM Planning for Climate Change in the Goulburn Broken Steering Committee
Members of the Steering Committee include representatives from the Goulburn Broken CMA, the (Victorian) Department of Environment Land, Water & Planning, the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance, local government and the (Commonwealth) Department of Environment. The Committee meets quarterly to provide advice on project governance, direction and legacy and alignment with government policy and planning.