Funding is available to provide all Queensland councils a free:
- Face to Face Briefing
- Governance Assessment
Face to Face Briefing
The program provides an opportunity to discuss the impacts of climate change on your council’s priorities through a free face to face briefing with relevant experts.
What happens at a Face to Face Briefing?
The Face to Face Briefing will provide your council and executive management team up to date information about the implications of climate change on your council and community. Each briefing core presentations about external drivers for responding to climate change such as legal liability and maintaining access to finance and insurance and the role of strong internal and external governance arrangements.
The program is accessing national and internationl specialists from across the country to support these briefings, which provide councils with a unique opportunity to discuss how these changes may impact council’s priorities with relevant experts.
Your council’s priorities will be confirmed ahead of the briefing to select the most appropriate experts.
The available experts can cover:
- Insurance and insurability;
- Economic implications;
- Social considerations;
- Cultural considerations;
- Implications to the agriculture sector;
- Reducing council's and the community's emissions; and
- Impacts to infrastructure;
- Impacts to public and private assets.
The Governance Assessments will assess and rate council’s responses against leading practice standards for 15 essential governance indicators (5 more than the statewide assessment).
Each Governance Assessment will review relevant council documents, interview key staff and survey council officers to provide the participating council with an in-depth report of findings and recommendations. The LGAQ has engaged Climate Planning, a recognised leader in local government climate change governance, to undertake this work.
The Governance Assessments will allow you to compare your council against other similar councils’ results in the statewide governance assessment and provide clear recommendations on how you can improve.
Only publicly available information was considered in the statewide governance assessments, meaning some councils are possibly integrating climate change more effectively than the results suggest.
The results of these governance assessments will be used to identify areas where more resources and tools may be required to support improvement.
Leading practice resources for councillors and staff
In 2017/18 the Program will provide leading practice resources for planning and decision making for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
A scan and review of existing national and international resources and tools will be undertaken in year 2 of the program, guided by the gaps and needs identified through the in-depth governance assessments undertaken with councils.
Using the existing resources as a basis and creating new resources where needed, a tailored package of best available tools and materials will be developed in consultation with participating councils.
Grants to pilot 2 Local Government Climate Change Strategies
In 2018/19 the Program will provide leading practice guidance for the development of Local Government Climate Change Strategies and two grants from a total fund of $125K to councils wishing to pilot the development of a multi-sectoral climate change strategy in their local government area or at a regional scale.
Multi-sectoral strategies recognise the interdependencies between council, the community and the key sectors that drive employment, services, productivity, environmental and human health at the local and regional scale. Bringing all key sectors together at the strategic level can help investment attraction and avoid unintended negative consequences.