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Regional Sustainability Hub takes its next steps

September 10, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email
The Legatus Group through its alliance with the North and Yorke Natural Resource Management (NRM) Board and Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North has partnered with Adelaide University to undertake further research in their support for a regional sustainability hub.

Jerome Ofori from the Geography, Environment and Population Unit, Industry Placement Plan, Graduate program of the University of Adelaide has commenced his 3-month research project.
His research will expand on the work undertaken by PhD Intern Bridie Meyer-McLean earlier this year who delivered a report on a sustainability hub for the region. The Legatus Group and Northern and Yorke NRM have just released a flier titled “What to consider for developing a sustainability hub” the report and flier can be found at: https://legatus.sa.gov.au/naturalenvironment/
Simon Millcock CEO for the Legatus Group says, “The recent work by Bridie identified a number of great local sustainability initiatives occurring across the region but that they were largely happening in isolation and without being guided by an overarching vision and plan for the future.

Jerome now has the task of leading a stakeholder engagement process that captures the details of these local sustainability initiatives, the groups or individuals involved and other local groups, businesses or individuals who would like to collaborate. This could allow for the development of a trail with a central hub or a series of smaller hubs.

I encourage all those across the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Plains, Clare Valley, Mid North, Yorke Peninsula and Southern Flinders who are currently involved in or thinking about sustainability projects be they waste management, building design, community gardens, organic farming, permaculture, stormwater and wastewater management (water sensitive urban design) and energy to name a few to contact Jerome.”

Jerome can be contacted on 0406709674 or email: jerome.ofori@adelaide.edu.au
The Legatus Group is also working with the newly appointed Resilient Regions Central Coordinator Jen St Jack who is supporting the climate change adaptation regions across South Australia, with climate adaptation and mitigation work.
The research being undertaken by Jerome will assist with this work and for a program to be developed for a South Australian Sustainability Conference being planned for Saturday 18 April 2020 to coincide with the SA Autumn Garden Festival and a possible SA Parks and Leisure Conference in Clare.
According to Dr. Melissa Nursey-Bray, Head of the Department of Geography, Environment and Population, in the Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide, “Climate change poses significant risks to local communities. Managing and adapting to these risks will be a top priority, and will require local level actions and partnerships” she notes, adding ‘’Jerome and Bridie’s projects are examples of the types of future partnerships that will build local momentum and support communities to become more sustainable through the identification and connection of individual local initiatives”.

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