Mentoring Initiative Planning for the Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership

Department of Environment and Primary Industries (VIC)

A key challenge for local government to address climate change at a whole-of-business level. This program aimed to provide mentoring and training to support local government to integrate climate change adaptation into their operations and services.

RMCG worked closely with the Department to design the initiative through consultation with key state and local government stakeholders. This involved developing a program logic, determining what success looks like and informing the detailed work plan.

This enabled the Initiative to work more effectively with the local government sector and other groups (e.g. greenhouse alliances) and measure progress towards achieving the stated objectives. Best practice evaluation also supported continuous improvement of the program.


Carl Larsen

Carl Larsen


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

Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with 15 years’ experience in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement. He understands the practical implications of policy and science on communities and agriculture. Carl has worked with a range of government departments, resource management agencies, research and development corporations, private organisations and communities around Australia on catchment management, sustainable water use, resource management in agriculture/horticulture, land use, climate change, strategic planning, industry development, extension and practice change.

Dr Anne-Maree Boland

Dr Anne-Maree Boland


PhD., B.Ag.Sci.

Anne-Maree has 25 years’ experience in dealing with natural resource and water management in agricultural industries. This has included research and development and consulting in the areas of sustainable management practices, water use efficiency, recycled water and environmental management systems. Anne-Maree has been a Non-Executive Director for GWRDC and IAL, is a Churchill Fellow and recipient of the University of Melbourne Chancellors Prize. She has extensive experience as a knowledge broker and establishing partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups including government, water and agricultural industries.