ABOUT THIS SURVEY

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey. Your feedback will help us to better understand what communities across the Hume Region think about climate change and its potential impacts.

The Hume Region has already become warmer and drier, a climate trend that is likely to continue into the future. In the future we can expect:
• temperatures to continue to increase year around,
• fewer frosts,
• more frequent and more intense downpours,
• more hot days and warm spells,
• less rainfall in autumn, winter and spring, and
• harsher fire weather and longer fire season.

These changes to our weather conditions will have a variety of impacts on the way we live, work, play and our general well-being.

With this brief survey, we’re aiming to understand what you value most about living in this region and your thoughts on how much the things you value will be impacted by climate change. We’d also like your feedback about actions in response to climate change – how much is being done and who’s responsible for implementing these actions.

How do we define Climate Change Adaptation?
• Adaptation is defined as changes in natural or human systems to prepare for actual or expected changes in the climate in order to minimise harm, act on opportunities or cope with the consequences. (Definition of Adaptation, Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020)

What is the 'Hume Region'?
• Hume Region includes the following local government areas: Alpine Shire, Benalla Rural City, Indigo Shire, Mansfield Shire, Mitchell Shire, Moira Shire, Murrindindi Shire, Greater Shepparton City Council, Strathbogie Shire, Towong Shire, Wangaratta Rural City and Wodonga City.

Survey Information
The survey includes 17 questions that should take less than ten minutes to answer.  The survey is anonymous and all responses provided will be de-identified and your participation in the survey will not be disclosed to any other party.

To move through the survey, simply scroll down to proceed to the next question or scroll up to return to a completed question. Your responses will be saved as you go and you can exit and return to complete the survey at any time.

The survey will close at midnight on Friday, 2 February 2018.

For more information or questions about the survey, please contact:
Chelsea Cherry, Program Manager Community & Partnerships Hume Region at Chelsea.Cherry@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Thank you once again for your contribution to this survey.

* 1. How important are the following environmental factors to your enjoyment of living in this region?

  Not sure Not important Somewhat important Important Very important
Climate
Natural environment, landscapes and scenery
Waterways & wetlands
Wildlife: plants and animals
Clean air / lack of pollution

* 2. How much do you think these environmental factors will be impacted by climate change?

  Not sure No impact at all Minor impact Moderate impact Significant impact
Climate
Natural environment, landscapes and scenery
Waterways & wetlands
Wildlife: plants and animals
Clean air / lack of pollution

* 3. How important are the following recreational factors to your enjoyment of living in this region?

  Not sure Not important Somewhat important Important Very important
Hiking / bush walking
Snow sports
Water sports
Hunting & fishing
Camping
Cycling, rail trails, mountain biking
Food and wine experiences
Sporting grounds & facilities e.g. golf courses, ovals
Parklands, green spaces
Active sporting clubs (e.g. football, cricket, tennis, golf)

* 4. How much do you think these recreational factors will be impacted by climate change?

  Not sure No impact at all Minor impact Moderate impact Significant impact
Hiking/bush walking
Snow sports
Water sports
Hunting & fishing
Camping
Cycling, rail trails, mountain biking
Food and wine experiences
Sporting grounds & facilities e.g. golf courses, ovals
Parklands, green spaces
Active sporting clubs (e.g. football, cricket, tennis, golf)

* 5. How important are the following economic factors to your enjoyment of living in this region?

  Not sure Not important Somewhat important Important Very important
Landscapes & space for urban & rural living
Employment opportunities
Costs of living
Transport infrastructure
Regional shopping & business centres
Tourism opportunities
Educational opportunities
Telecommunications and internet
Reliable utilities (power, water, gas)
Strong agricultural sector

* 6. How much do you think these economic factors will be impacted by climate change?

  Not sure No impact at all Minor impact Moderate impact Significant impact
Landscapes & space for urban & rural living
Employment opportunities
Costs of living
Transport infrastructure
Regional shopping & business centres
Tourism opportunities
Educational opportunities
Telecommunications and internet
Reliable utilities (power, water, gas)
Strong agricultural sector

* 7. How important are the following health & well-being factors to your enjoyment of living in this region?

  Not sure Not important Somewhat important Important Very important
Family-friendly living
Active community groups
Sense of belonging
Feeling safe
Access to healthcare services
Aged care services
Peacefulness

* 8. How much do you think these health & well-being factors will be impacted by climate change?

  Not sure No impact at all Minor impact Moderate impact Significant impact
Family-friendly living
Active community groups
Sense of belonging
Feeling safe
Access to healthcare services
Aged care services
Peacefulness

* 9. Thinking about the Hume Region, how important is it that the following sectors take action to respond to climate change impacts?

  Don't know/ can't say Not important Somewhat important Important Very important
Businesses
Industry
Tourism
Community Groups
Indigenous communities
Individuals
Media
Health sector
Education sector
Statutory authorities
Local government
State government
Federal government

* 10. How would you rate the current performance of these sectors in taking action now to respond to climate change impacts?

  Not sure / not applicable Has failed to meet my expectations Meets my expectations only on occasions Consistently meets my expectations Exceeds my expectations
Businesses
Industry
Tourism
Community Groups
Indigenous communities
Individuals
Media
Health sector
Education sector
Statutory authorities
Local government
State government
Federal government

* 11. Overall how do you rate what is being done in the Hume Region to respond to the impacts of climate change?

* 12. Please explain the rating you have given above for the response to climate change in your region.  Why did you give this rating?

* 13. Who should be responsible for funding actions to respond to climate change? Please select all that apply.

* 14. Which of the following best describes your overall attitude toward climate change?

* 15. Have you made changes in your home to respond to climate change in any of the following areas?

  No changes Some changes Significant changes
Electricity usage
Energy efficient appliances & devices
Modifications to home cooling
Modifications to home heating
Water usage
Water efficient appliances & devices
Fuel usage
Water efficient gardening (e.g. native plants)
Recycling
Composting

* 16. Do you have any final comments about response to climate change impacts in your region?

* 17. Which local government area do you live in?

Thank you for taking the time to provide your input.  It is greatly appreciated and helps us to better understand community and stakeholder values around climate change adaptation actions. 

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