This policy brief is a milestone from the VCCCAR project Design-led Decision Support for Regional Climate Adaptation. The project explored a new approach to climate change adaptation at the local government scale, addressing the question ‘What could a climate-proof future look like?’ using a design process to address problems of future uncertainty and risk.
A design approach enables new ideas to arise, emphasising uncertainty as part of future thinking whilst allowing a departure from incremental approaches. Design charettes (a form of intensive workshop) were central to this exercise. Charrettes were held in Bendigo and Sea Lake, engaging community members, local government and state government staff and academics in an intensive process of envisaging and designing alternative futures for their locality based on an understanding of local conditions and potential future climate conditions. Those involved in the charrettes found the process challenging and satisfying. Reports from the charrettes are available on the VCCCAR website: www.vcccar.org.au