What is Adapt Grampians?
Adapt Grampians is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA). It is a collaboration between government, agencies, industry and communities including Traditional Owner corporations, local governments, water corporations, catchment management authorities and others.
Climate change impacts are already being felt across the region and there are many reasons to think strategically about adapting as our landscape and communities are affected by those changes in far-reaching ways. Temperature and rainfall patterns are changing, which means droughts happen more frequently, fire seasons start earlier and storms and floods are more intense when they occur.
Adaptation is about developing strategies to ensure that life in this region remains good even as the climate changes. It is to work innovatively to look after our communities and the regional environment without taking actions that would exacerbate climate change.
An academic situation analysis that informed the community-led strategic work is available here.
The Grampians Region
The Grampians Region stretches from the South Australian border to Bacchus Marsh in the east. It covers 4,861,944 hectares, with an approximate population of 220,000. Ballarat is its largest centre with just over 100,000 residents. Boasting a diverse geography of mountains, desert, forests, grasslands and wetlands the Region is named after the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, an ancient, mountainous landscape attracting large numbers of tourists.
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.
Regional Climate Adaptation Group
The RCAG is split into two sub-groups – Wimmera RCAG and Central Highlands RCAG.
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We acknowledge the First Nations Peoples of the land and waters that we live, care and work upon within the Grampians Region. We respect the continuous culture that has been embedded into history for thousands of years. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.