Workshop: Adaptation by Local Government: new modes of communication for climate change (Part 1)

Convenor: Melanie Bainbridge, Kim Byrnes local government, Western Australia

Local Government

NCCARF Local Government Half Day Programme – April 6th 2011

New Modes of Communication for Climate Change

Local Governments have long been considering how best to bridge the gap between science and policy, and how to employ innovative strategies to ensure policy is inclusive and well understood by their primary ‘customer’ base – the community. In order to support best practice Local Government governance and policy outcomes and to mitigate future liability/public perception issues, Local Governments need to ensure that their communities are both aware of and engaged in the development of new, climate change focussed policy.

This programme will explore how Local Government can better understand the psychology of community to ensure the development of cohesive policy, practices and projects which engender trust in the processes and the outcomes.

To explore how Local Governments can better engage with their community we have designed a half day workshop which will outline some ways that Local Governments can engage with their communities via new, different, innovative modes, which might reach new audiences and foster community champions.  Attendees may be surprised at the different and inspiring ways that Local Governments are seeking to engage their communities, and the interesting outcomes some of these strategies have yielded.

 Outline of workshop

Time Speaker Position Topic
1 – 1.10pm Melanie Bainbridge Sustainability FacilitatorWALGA – WA Intro and housekeeping
1.10 – 1.25pm Kim Byrnes Community Development Officer – City of Rockingham – WA Developing Regional Adaptation Strategies – how good communication and engagement fosters positive policy outcomes.
1.25 – 1.40pm Pippa & Melanie Bainbridge Company Manager – La Mama Theatre / Climate Change Coordinator WALGA  – WA How Local Governments can use the arts as a communication tool – reaching new audiences with the climate change message.
1.40 – 1.55pm Rob Weymouth Sustainability FacilitatorWALGA – WA Climate Change Communication for a new generation – the opportunities of the online environment for advocacy, policy development and community engagement.
1.55 – 2.10pm Libby Hynes Manager Environment and Natural Resources Darebin City Council – VIC Managing the unavoidable – the process and outcomes of the Darebin Climate Change and Peak Oil Adaptation Plan.
2.10 – 2.25pm Dorean Erhart Principal Advisor – Natural Asset Management, NRM & Climate Change LGAQ – QLD ‘Everything old is new again’ – Raising community awareness one conversation at a time is more efficient and effective than we think.
2.25 – 2.40pm Maree Grenfell Cairns Regional Council Sustainability Officer Planning Strategies – QLD The microcosm of the macrocosm – communicating sustainability and climate change and making it mean something to the corporate audience.
2.40 – 3pm Panel Session – Question & Answer
3.30 – 3.50pm Panel Session – Imagineering better modes of communication between Local Government and their community – ideas, options and innovations
3.50 – 4pm Rob Weymouth – Workshop facilitator to introduce the workshop and the objectives.
4 – 4.45pm Workshop to ‘imagineer’ different modes of communication to suit different community demographics, different sectors and different industries. How might Local Government better engage its constituency to ensure climate change policy is understood and supported?
4.45 – 5.00pm  Local government adaptation initiatives, opportunities, projects: what else is going on?
5.00 – 5.30 Wrapping up – what have we learnt and what do we need?