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Victorian Sustainability Accord Stakeholder Interviews and Analysis

Department of Sustainability and Environment (VIC)

RMCG were engaged to evaluation the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord (the Accord), to assess the achievements of the Accord and implications for the proposed next phase. RMCG engaged with all 79 Victorian councils, uncovering their relationships, capacity and outcomes of the Accord, and the current and emerging environmental sustainability and climate change priorities of individual councils and the local government sector as a whole.

Throughout the project we engaged 165 Councillors and Senior Executives from across regional and metropolitan Victoria during 30 meetings. Our approach was to use semi-structured interviews to enable exploration of key concepts. Once the analysis was complete we prepared a report that was used to inform the development and implementation of the next phase of the Accord, the Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership.

Team

Carl Larsen

Carl Larsen

Senior Consultant

B.Env.Sci., B.Soc.Sci. (Env.), PG.Cert.CCPI.

Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with skills in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement. He has an understanding of the practical implications of policy and science on communities and agriculture. Carl has worked with a range of government departments, resource management agencies, private organisations and communities around Australia on catchment management, sustainable water use, resource management in agriculture/horticulture, land use, climate change, strategic planning, and extension and practice change.

Simon McGuinness

Simon McGuinness

Principal

B.Ag.Sci.

Simon specialises in strategic planning, critical thinking, evaluation and facilitation.  He works primarily in the natural resource management sector, and also has deep experience in rural and regional development. With expertise in mediation and conflict resolution, he has led numerous projects requiring skilful delivery of community and stakeholder engagement processes.

Steph Drum

Steph Drum

Senior Consultant

B.Nat.Res. (Hons)

Steph has specific skills and experience in natural resource management and sustainable agriculture, stakeholder and community engagement, policy and strategy development and evaluation. She has broad ranging experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of natural resource management programs. Steph combines her technical NRM knowledge with her expertise in building community capacity to develop tailored approaches to delivering and evaluating both environmental and social outcomes.