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Helping Our Councils Deal With Climate Change

09 March 2016

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a second round of scholarships aimed at helping local government staff to prepare for the impact of climate change on council services.

Following the success of the 40 scholarships offered last year, Minister for Climate Change Lisa Neville and Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins have announced 32 new scholarships to help council staff better understand the impacts and opportunities of climate change.

Local governments are at the forefront of delivering services to the Victorian community, and climate change impacts on their services, including health, planning, emergency management, roads, and infrastructure.

The second round of scholarships are being offered due to high demand from councils and the success of the training course in helping staff improve efficiencies and provide a whole-of-council approach to incorporating an understanding of climate change in their service delivery.

The scholarships cover up to 55 per cent of the cost of the university accredited course. The Centre of Local Government, University of Technology Sydney (CLG:UTS) will deliver the course and training to local government in Victoria on 3-5 May in Melbourne and 17-19 May in Wangaratta.

Scholarships are open to executive and senior management council staff and more information can be found at Link

Applications close on 7 April 2016.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville

“This second round of scholarships is needed following the great response from Local Government staff to the first round of climate change scholarships last year.”

“We are delivering on an election commitment to lead climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, through supporting councils with these challenges.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins

“Local Government staff are at the forefront of community services so it is important that they are supported in preparing for the impact of climate change on their day-to-day operations.”

“Climate change impacts are felt by all Victorians, and we have a collective responsibility to take action and help reduce the impacts.”

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