The Gippsland Climate Change Network was founded in 2007 and was facilitated by the Victorian State Labor Government to affiliate local communities to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
The Victorian State Labor Government was keen to mobilise stakeholders at the time the nation was in the midst of the millennium drought, and discussions on climate change were in their infancy.
Each region was facilitated to set up a body to become part of a Greenhouse Alliance that would coordinate climate change policy between state and local government and the community.
Department of Natural Resources and Environment outreach worker David Willington helped to facilitate these allegiances in Gippsland.
This included representatives from local governments, the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, Catchment Management Authority, Gippsland Waste Management, environment groups including the Australian Conservation Foundation, energy consultants, education and training providers and grass roots community members.
These groups drafted a constitution and appointed the then Agriculture Minister Keith Hamilton as the first board chair, with the aim of being the focal point for environmental action in Gippsland.