A short film will premiere in Hamilton next week as part of RMIT University-led research into intensified community vulnerability due to climate change.
Rural People: Resilient Futures will be presented at the Hamilton Cinema on Friday, 31 October, at a free event.
The film forms part of the broader Rural People: Resilient Futures research project, which investigates vulnerable communities in the Southern Grampians Shire and how climate change will affect them in future.
Research Officer at RMIT's Centre for Urban Research, Alianne Rance, said the film provided a case study for vulnerable communities on how the community sector and government funded agencies would be impacted by climate change, and the options they had to adapt in future.
"The aim of the project is to understand what social vulnerability means in the context of the Southern Grampians Shire and how this will vary with the impacts of climate change," she said.
"This is vital to the survival of rural communities all over Victoria.
"We are already seeing demographic and industry changes affect the livelihood of many regional populations, with vulnerable and disadvantaged populations being the hardest hit.
"It's very important that we understand these complex changes and how they interact, so that we can formulate some integrated actions to build resilience in rural communities.
"It's really about survival."
Southern Grampians Glenelg Primary Care Partnership, a joint venture consisting of local agencies committed to enhancing the health and wellbeing of the Southern Grampians and Glenelg Shires communities, is the local lead on the project.
What: Rural People: Resilient Futures short film launch
When: Friday, 31 October, 11:30am-12:30pm
Where: Hamilton Cinema, 109 Bowen Street, Hamilton
RSVP: Monday, 27 October to firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 5551 8475.
For interviews: Alianne Rance, 0422 244 993.
For general media enquiries: Brenton Shaughnessy, 0450 687 810.