Cool Changes - Gisborne

Submissions closing on 10 July 2022, 05:00 PM

Council’s Cool Changes program supports communities in the Macedon Ranges Shire to respond to climate change and develop local climate change action plans.

Cool Changes is a place-based approach to community climate action, and its success requires your participation.

Throughout the duration of the project, we have worked with the community via surveys, consultation with local environmental groups and a series of in-person workshops. 

Over the months of April and May, participants in the program worked collaboratively to create a shared vision for climate action in Gisborne and have drafted a Community Climate Action Plan(PDF, 3MB) .

If you couldn't make it to the workshops, you can join in the discussion online below. We welcome the differing participation methods and thank you for any contribution you make along the way. Place your comments, suggestions, ideas in the discussion section below. Consultation period closing 10 July 2022.

Council’s Cool Changes program supports communities in the Macedon Ranges Shire to respond to climate change and develop local climate change action plans.

It is an opportunity to strengthen projects, programs and connection already forged as well as create a big picture vision for what you want to see happen into the future.

Everyone can be a part of local action to protect biodiversity and address climate change.

The program has been tried and tested with Community Climate Change Action Plans being creating in Malmsbury, Woodend, Romsey and Lancefield. In 2022, the program will focus on Gisborne and Riddells Creek.  

In future, these Community Climate Action Plans will be used when creating a shire-wide Climate Emergency Response Plan.

Community Climate Action Plans were created over 3 facilitated workshops.

Workshops were designed to celebrate the valuable knowledge and skills already present in the community of Gisborne as well as explore the opportunities we have to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. At the completion of the workshops, the community have created clear goals and actions that will help to build Gisborne’s resilience, capacity and connectedness.