Climate change and the community sector: a new report

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People experiencing poverty and inequality will be affected first and worst by the impacts of climate change. The Extreme Weather, Climate Change and the Community Sector – Risks and Adaptations project examined the relationship between physical and social infrastructure (in the form of CSO service provision. Major findings include that community sector organisations are not prepared to respond to climate change events with many small and medium organisations at risk of permanent closure – for example, one week after an extreme weather event, 50% of organisations that sustain damage to premises would still be out of operation. This has implications for people experiencing poverty and other social issues, as these organisations act as shock absorbers for every day needs as well as crises. The full report is available here.

Promoting Reef Rescue in Queensland

Wombat Creative has been working with Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective to manage their communication obligations for Reef Rescue, a $200 million program of the Australian Government. Our role is to ensure that project partners, encompassing both regional bodies and industry groups, work collaboratively on communication projects and share their outcomes with an appropriate audience. We’ve produced reports, coordinated events, facilitated meetings and provided guidance to a range of other communication professionals. In the first three years of the five-year program, our partners reached more than 90% of the farmer engagement target and improved soil, water and pesticide management practices on more than 1 million hectares of land.

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Understanding rural lifestyle landholders

Wombat Creative was engaged by NRM North in Tasmania to lend a hand with documenting and planning for best practice engagement of rural lifestyle landholders. The first thing we found is that they’re known by so many different names it’s hard to pin them down: smallholders, blockies, urban farmers, peri-urban land managers, reechangers, down shifters, and hobby farmers. One thing we learned quickly about this audience is their sheer diversity. Not just diversity in terms of age and background and education, but diversity in terms of the ways they farm, the land types they manage and the food they grow. We worked with NRM North staff and their partners to interview these landholders, document their needs and come up with strategies for better engagement.

Download the report for more information.


Community Engagement Guide

The Department of Communities Queensland have put out a guide to community engagement specific to Queensland.

The guide, called Engaging Queenslanders: A guide to community engagement methods and techniques, brings together introductory information on a range of traditional and innovative techniques. It is intended to assist public officials at all levels and other practitioners to choose the most appropriate community engagement process. Strengths and weaknesses are summarised for each technique to support decision making.





Promising practice in grant refusals

A UK organisation has released reports about a research project into communication experiences and practices, at the point of grant refusal, among selected grant making and grant seeking organisations.  The project came about as a result of the frustration and disappointment being experienced by many grant seekers, alongside the multiple pressures facing grant makers, in responding to grant seekers’ needs and in meeting their own range of obligations.

The overall purpose of the research was to support learning and improvement in policy and practice among grant makers and grant seekers.

Click here to download a copy of the practice paper “The art of refusal: experiences of grant makers and grant seekers, which focuses on best practices for grant refusal as identified from grant  makers’ and grant seekers’ perspectives.