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Environment

The Alpine Shire is well recognised for its landscapes, its environmental features and its attractive towns and villages. The location of the Alpine Shire in an area rich in natural assets underpins these features and provides a solid foundation for the community to thrive. Recognising that a healthy community needs a healthy environment, the Alpine Shire Council has prepared an Environment Strategy to ensure Council’s environmental impacts are managed and to provide guidance to Council to consider the environment in all aspects of decision making.

Rec-less - Less Water, Less Often, More Resilient Open Spaces

Damage from storms is likely to increase with climate change.

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Alpine Shire Council, in partnership with the Benalla Rural City Council and supported by the Victorian Government, is implementing the Rec-Less – Less Water, Less Often, More Resilient Open Spaces project. Rec-Less will be implemented over 2015 and 2016 and will ensure our management of open spaces takes into account the likely impacts of climate change.

According to the latest data from the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology, the Alpine Shire is likely to experience significant climate change impacts, including more hot days, longer heat waves, overall drier conditions but more intense rainfall events, and more damaging storms. Parks and gardens will suffer from increased storm events and the smaller amount of water available in summer for irrigation. It is important that parks and gardens include the use of plant and turf species that are able to withstand long periods of hot dry weather, and short spells of high wind and intense rainfall.

The Rec-Less project will involve an audit of open space features, the integration of climate change risks with open space management planning, and the development of a showcase garden and plant guide for the community.

Council wants your feedback on how you use open space areas and the open space features you value to inform the project.

Please click here to access a short, on-line survey and tell us what you think about open space management.

Harrietville: Our Future - Strategic Master Plan draft

Harrietville: Our Future, the draft of the Strategic Master Plan for Harrietville, is now available for comment. Harrietville: Our Future outlines key actions and priorities that collectively will strengthen the Harrietville community. The document has been developed as part of the Communities Adapting to Climate Change project, funded by the Victorian Government.

Harrietville: Our Future is the result of many hours of discussion within the Harrietville Community Forum (HC), in conjunction with the Alpine Shire Council, applying the priorities raised by the community during the nine community discussion sessions held in October and November 2015 and identified in the 2014 community survey to the project goal of improving sustainability and resilience of the Harrietville community.

The document defines what resilience and sustainability means for the Harrietville community. It then presents actions, separated into themes that collectively improve resilience and sustainability as it is defined for the Harrietville community.

The HCF, Parks Victoria, Alpine Shire Council, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have all been involved in the development of Harrietville: Our Future. Only actions that are able to be undertaken by people or organisations involved in the Communities Adapting to Climate Change project are included in Harrietville: Our Future so as to ensure that actions are committed to and delivered by the relevant parties.

Harrietville: Our Future is open for comment until 22nd June 2016. The document is available here.

Submissions can be made by contacting Michelle Kent at michellek@alpineshire.vic.gov.au or on 5755 0555, or by responding to a short survey here.

Michelle will also be available at the Harrietville Hall Monday 6th June from 7pm – 8:30pm and on Thursday 9th June from 1.30pm – 3.00pm for people to drop in to discuss the document or the wider Communities Adapting to Climate Change project.

Communities Adapting to Climate Change - Harrietville

The Alpine Shire Council, in partnership with the Harrietville Community Forum and supported by the Victorian Government, is implementing the Communities Adapting to Climate Change project.

The project aims to further increase the resilience and sustainability of Harrietville by strengthening relationships between agencies and the community, and working collaboratively towards shared goals through the development of a Master Plan for the town.

The Communities Adapting to Climate Change project was launched at the Harrietville Community Hall on Tuesday 11 August by renowned climate change and sustainability expert, Dr Graeme Pearman. Dr Pearman spoke about the snow future and the impacts and opportunities presented by climate change in Harrietville over the coming 10 to 20 years. Dr Pearman has decades of experience in atmospheric research, sustainability and climate change science in his roles at the CSIRO and, more recently, at Monash University and as a private consultant.

You can view his presentation below, or click here to download his slide show.



In addition to the development of a Master Plan, the Communities Adapting to Climate Change project will investigate more sustainable options for energy security and for waste water management in the Harrietville area. The project will wind up in 2016 with the implementation of a demonstration project and capacity building activities identified in the Master Plan.

Environment Strategy

The Environment Strategy is about helping to achieve community sustainability through conserving the natural resources and landscapes that the community values and relies upon. To achieve this, the Strategy develops the principles and directions Council needs to:

• Manage the natural resources over which it has direct responsibility;
• monitor and take action on its own environmental impacts; and
• define its role in encouraging environmentally sustainable activities and actions through education and partnerships with the community and government agencies.

Download a copy of the Alpine Shire Environment Strategy

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