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Council Environmental Planner recognised for Adaptation Plan

Shoalhaven City Council Senior Environmental Planner, Elizabeth Dixon received a Highly Commended Award at the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) National Awards recently held in Sydney.

The NCCARF leads the research community in a national effort to provide the information needed by decision-makers in government, vulnerable sectors and communities to manage the risks of climate change impacts.

Nominated for the Award by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Ms Dixon was recognised for her role in the development of a workable Adaptation Plan for Council which is now being used as a template for other Councils across NSW.

Ms Dixon has also created a number of strong links with education institutions used to promote adaptive solutions to the impacts of climate change while representing Local Government issues at a number of NCCARF policy development forums.

Director of Planning and Development, Tim Fletcher said the outcomes of these forums had been used to design guidance briefs to lead national policy on climate change adaptation.

“I’m extremely pleased to see Elizabeth receiving such well deserved recognition for her ongoing work in the field of adaptation,” said Mr Fletcher.

“Adaptation is about reducing the impacts of climate stresses on human and natural systems and harnessing beneficial opportunities.

“From the development of Council’s Adaptation Plan to her work with the NCCARF, Elizabeth has proven herself to be one of the leading voices on adaptation within Local Government.”

“I would certainly like to congratulate Elizabeth on the Award and wish her all the best in her ongoing endeavours.”

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