COMMUNITY CONVERSATION STARTER… Pictured from left, ‘Slap Tomorrow; A Wake-Up Call’ Committee Members, Bill Winters, Robyn Lipshut, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Jenny Houlihan, Committee Members, Terry Court, Robert McLean, Greg McKenzie, Chris Halpin, John Pettigrew and Jan Maude. Photo: Alicia Zeqir.WITH an aim to initiate a community conversation about how best to respond to a changing climate, a group of locals have put their minds together creating the ‘Slap Tomorrow; A Wake-Up Call’ committee, holding an open community forum on Thursday, June 6.Kicking off at 7:30pm at the Eastbank Centre on Welsford Street in Shepparton, the community forum will bring together some of Australia’s leading commentators and authorities and will give the community a chance to be part of a conversation about how to best respond to challenges and opportunities in a changing climate. Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Jenny Houlihan said, “This is a very important initiative that this group is trying to bring about. The outcome of these discussions will help guide the direction of the region.”Slap Tomorrow Committee Member, Terry Court said, “This is a critical decade. The decisions we make now will largely determine the severity of climate change and its influence on extreme events that our grandchildren will experience,” Terry said.Committee Member, Robert McLean said, “About 10 years ago I read a news piece that the earth was warming. I carried out further research into global warming and climate change and realised that we needed to do something to help combat the changing climate and so the Slap Tomorrow group was formed,” Robert said.Committee Member, John Pettigrew said, “The vision of our group is to create community discussion in the region to help recognise and highlight the importance of climate change.“We know that this region will look dramatically different in the near future and we need to be prepared for that,” John said.
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