Our organisation experienced the consequences of the 2009 bush fires whilst out on a day trip with our clients. Between trying to get everyone home safely and losing contact with a member of staff for 2 days, staff realised they needed to be better prepared. Reviewing and planning for extreme weather events and emergencies was therefore a very high priority for DPMC. This priority was emphasised with the requirement for a plan for ‘persons at risk’ as part of the new state wide response for planning for emergencies.
Our organisation has been involved in a project funded by the Victorian government through the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR). The project entitled ‘Implementing tools to increase adaptive capacity in the community and natural resources management sectors’ (Implementing Adaptation in the following) has been conducted to gain a better understanding of the adaptation capabilities and needs of three types of government service providers and funded agencies. These were catchment management authorities (CMAs), community service organisations (CSOs), and primary care partnerships (PCPs) and the purpose of the project was to facilitate the implementation and testing of tools and methodologies for climate change adaptation planning.
This document has been obtained from the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) online knowledge hub hosted by the University of Melbourne and has been listed in the Virtual Hub for Climate Change Innovation with the permission of the Climate Change Programs division of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Professor Rod Keenan, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne. The VCCCAR program funded by the Victorian Government via the then Department of Environment and Primary Industries (later changed to DELWP), ceased activity in June 2014.