Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership (VASP)
The Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership (VAS Partnership) is an established, successful partnership between the State Government and Victoria's 79 councils.
The VAS Partnership helps the State Government and councils work together on climate adaptation and environmental sustainability issues that affect all Victorians. It builds on the achievements of the former Victorian Local Sustainability Accord by raising the priority of climate change and sustainability within councils, supporting councils to work with their communities to become more sustainable and resilient to climate change, and prompting on-ground local action.
The Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership Delivery Framework 2013-2016 sets out the strategic direction of the partnership over four years, providing an overview of the partnership's objectives, strategic priorities and mechanisms for delivery up to 2016.
The Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership Delivery Framework 2013-2016 can be downloaded from the links below:
Climate Change Adaptation Memorandum of Understanding
On 24 September 2014 Victoria's first Climate Change Adaptation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between state and local government was signed.
The MoU is a key commitment of the Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan. This important document establishes a strong, shared foundation between state and local government to continue to work together to clarify responsibilities relating to climate change adaptation, and sets out principles to guide work in adaptation.
The Climate Change Adaptation Memorandum of Understanding can be downloaded from the links below:
Feedback from exhibition of the draft MoU
A draft of the MoU was provided to the local government sector for comment in a four week exhibition period in August 2014. The document below outlines the key concerns raised in the 40 submissions received, and how the MoU was amended to address these concerns.
Case studies of state and local government adaptation
A suite of eleven case studies has been developed that showcase examples of how state and local government are fulfilling responsibilities in climate change adaptation.
The Climate Adaptation Case Studies can be downloaded from the links below:
The Victorian Government appointed three local government climate adaptation mentors as part of a two-year pilot project begun in July 2014. The initiative complements other work of the Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership, Greenhouse Alliances and the substantial related work by councils. The initiative will assist all councils who wish to participate with the skills, links and information needed to help them to prepare for and adapt to climate change.
There are three mentors operating across the state from Department of Environment and Primary Industries offices:
|Kathleen Gosden||Warrnamboolfirstname.lastname@example.org||T: 03
5561 9924 |
M: 0477 365 911
|Shane Gladigau||Melbourneemail@example.com||T: 03
9637 8059 |
M: 0467 736 227
|Narelle Martin||Wangarattafirstname.lastname@example.org||T: 03
5723 8627 |
M: 0477 313 911
For further information please contact your local DEPI regional office, or alternatively email email@example.com
Local government grants in 2013
In March 2013 $6 million in funding was announced for the VAS Partnership. The funding will support local government action on climate adaptation and sustainability in a number of ways including through grants and partnership projects. The commitment includes a new, two-year, state-wide mentoring initiative providing skilled adaptation mentors to work together with councils, supported by a training package and an interactive adaptation knowledge hub.
$4.79 million in grants have been awarded to support local government work in climate adaptation.