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Community conversations: building engagement to mainstream adaptation in Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
The snapshot provides an example of a Council that has been preparing for the potential impacts of climate change with community engagement central to its approach. Through a series of community ‘conversations’ the Council shared information and built a platform for community concerns
The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council recognises that strong community engagement is essential for an effective program to address climate change. Through a series of community ‘conversations’ the Council shared up-to-date information on the science and built a platform for community concerns to be identified and heard. The community conversations were valuable in that they:
- increased shared awareness of risks and concerns
- built community trust and confidence, and provided the Council with a level of confidence to undertake adaptation actions
- enabled actions to identify and target barriers to action and agreed risks
- facilitated ongoing community interest and engagement.
Ten years on from its first large-scale community engagement, the Council has a number of important programs underway to address climate change.