Long Live Tarrangower!

Research shows Victorians are overwhelmingly concerned about climate change, but shy away from discussing it among friends and neighbours. If we can’t even talk about it, how can we prepare for what’s to come?

To encourage community conversation, Maldon resident and Regional Climate Leadership Program graduate Melanie Scaife is volunteering her time to write a column for the Tarrangower Times, her town’s much-loved local newspaper.

“The column, ‘Long live Tarrrangower!’, focuses on all we hold dear within our community – its people and its places – and how we can protect them into the future,” says Melanie, “from climate-proofing our homes to reducing waste, growing our businesses with low environmental impact, and raising resilient children in a climate-altered world.”

“I’m drawing on all I’ve learned from my professional career as a writer and editor, but also from the ADAPT climate leadership program, to hopefully shift community concern into action, and help us find common ground.”


We acknowledge and respect Victorian Traditional Owners as the original custodians of Victoria’s land and waters, their unique ability to care for Country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices. We are committed to enabling self-determination for all Aboriginal people and aim to work closely with the Aboriginal community to drive action and improve outcomes especially in the context of a changing climate.

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