Disaster Recovery & Climate Change Adaption Programs

Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Inc (AVCL) has a long standing involvement in the development and delivery of climate change, sustainability and disaster recovery related leadership programs. In 2022, AVCL will be delivering two different disaster recovery and climate change adaption programs:

  1. Disaster Recovery and Climate Change Adaption Program – North East Victoria – the program was successfully delivered in 2021, and will run again in 2022, with funding from Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources as part of the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program. Expressions of interest are now open, closing July 8.
  2. Upper Murray Disaster Recovery and Climate Change Adaption Program – this program is funded by the Border Trust through the Towong Community Bushfire Disaster Relief Fund Grant Program. This is a new initiative in 2022, please see below for further details and how to express your interest.

Disaster Recovery and Climate Change Adaption Program – North East Victoria

Are you prepared to stand with your community in times of need? As our climate changes and natural disasters strike, we need community leadership. You are invited to join with others from the region to learn leadership skills and practical knowledge in this space. Be empowered to step up during and after a natural disaster, and confidently take climate change adaptation actions from ideas through to outcomes.  Learn what other communities in the North East are doing to support disaster recovery and climate change adaptation. Be part of a network that will lead change towards 2050.

This program will be delivered by Alpine Valleys Community Leadership (AVCL). It is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources as part of the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program.

AVCL will lead the program, facilitating a range of sessions that will be delivered by subject matter experts and climate change adaption leaders. The program will be a total of 8 days, delivered over a five month duration, commencing in August through to December 2022. The focus is to develop leadership skills and strengthen capacity to work with rural communities in leading change, particularly as it relates to disaster recovery and climate change.

Key areas of learning will include:

  • Learn key leadership fundamentals for building regional relationships.
  • Understand climate information and how to have meaningful conversations about climate change.
  • Learn about climate change impacts on your community, agricultural business and environment.
  • Gain knowledge regarding the importance of resilience, health and wellbeing in our communities.
  • Learn what other communities in the North East and border regions are doing to support disaster recovery and climate change adaptation.
  • Develop your leadership skills and consolidate your understanding of community leadership in action.

Program dates

  • August 3 & 4 – The Priory Beechworth, overnight retreat
  • September 2 – Wodonga
  • September 30 – Dederang
  • October 21 – Wangaratta
  • November 17 & 18 – Corryong, overnight retreat
  • November 28 – Winton Wetlands

Expressions of Interest: If you are interested in further information, or submitting an expression of interest for the program, please complete this form

Please submit your Expressions of interest by close of business on Sunday 17 July 2022 to eo@avclp.org.au

Upper Murray Disaster Recovery and Climate Change Adaption Program

Applications are now closed.

Thanks to funding from the Border Trust through the Towong Community Bushfire Disaster Relief Fund Grant Program,  Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Inc. has partnered with Upper Murray CRC and Upper Murray Inc. to develop a community leadership program for Upper Murray residents. The 8 day program will include a study tour to another rural community which has reimagined their economic and social future as part of their bushfire recovery process.

Ultimately the sustainability, viability and adaptive capacity of communities is based within the community itself. This community leadership development program will enhance the skills of current and emerging leaders, enabling them to develop the adaptive capacity of their communities and the region, and contribute to the delivery of the Upper Murray Recovery Plan and 2030 Vision. Participants of this experiential community leadership program will be equipped with an understanding of how to work through slow- and fast-moving challenges, and how to contribute to successfully leading their community through transformative change.

The specific target group for participation in the program is members of the Upper Murray CRCs and other community members who are in informal or formal community  leadership roles  in the recovery process. Up to 20 participants could be accepted into the program. More capable community leaders in the Upper Murray will result in better social, economic and environmental outcomes for the broader community in the Upper Murray.