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Case Study: Huon Valley Council


Case Study: Huon Valley Council


Bec Enders

Mayor, Huon Valley Council

Amanda Blakney

Manager - Environmental Services

Thursday, 12 September 2019

2:00 PM -  2:40 PM AEST


About the topic

Tasmanian councils are grappling with the impacts of climate change, from uninsurable houses, makeshift erosion infrastructure and metres of lost land. The effects of more frequent extreme weather events and sea level rises are being felt across the state, burdening local governments with greater responsibilities and costs.

The regional community of Huonville was this year hit with an emergency-level bushfire, which put the town and surrounding areas at risk for 15 days. Last year, the area experienced flooding.

This webinar will provide a practitioner’s perspective of:

  • How Huon Valley Council sees climate change as an issue for the Council and community;

  • Examples of what we are doing to manage and adapt to these challenges;

  • Examples of what we have found to be the most consistently challenging and solutions that we have tested.

Access this webinar as part of a package

Webinar Packages
from 485.00

Includes access to the next six webinars and can be used by anyone across the organisation.


About Amanda Blakney

Amanda is currently Manager – Environmental Services at Huon Valley Council. Prior to this, she was an NRN Facilitator for Tasman Council. Renowned for its tranquillity and natural beauty, over 16,000 people call the Huon Valley home. The region is the hub of Tasmania’s fish farming industry. Aquaculture, agriculture, tourism and forestry are key economic drivers in the Huon Valley and all industries are reliant on the sustainable management of our natural resources. All this activity puts pressure on our land and waterways and, as with any human activity, can damage the environment on which we all depend. One of the Huon Valley Council’s roles is to work with residents, industries and businesses to ensure that our natural assets are managed wisely now and into the future.

About Bec Enders

Bec is the Mayor of Huon Valley Council.

She believes in community and its involvement in Council decisions. The challenges are to return to good governance, trust in Council and to meet community expectations for the local economy, environment, changes in population and industries.

She brings to the position of Mayor qualifications in public sector management, planning and building. Before joining the Tasmanian Department of Justice as a Change Coordinator I worked as the Executive Officer to Hobart’s Lord Mayor. As an independent candidate she is free of any party politics or self-interests.