Welcome to Hepburn Shire's "Z-NET forum" online forum.
This is a place for community members to provide valuable input into plans that will help shape a better Hepburn Shire for everyone.

Z-NET forum

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Have your say on how you think the Hepburn Shire could achieve a Zero Net Emissions Transition (Z-NET)​


A number of ideas have already been put forward by the community relating to​ emission reduction goals. These include ideas harvested from the Carbon Free​ Community sessions held in 2017, together with some historical concepts ​and of course there is the need to add future ideas. Please take the time to review the ideas listed below, vote on those which you would like to see investigated further, or provide feedback. If you think of an idea or issue which you don’t see listed, please feel free to add it.

Thanks for your time. Your input will help us to shape the Z-NET program ​and develop the best path forward together!

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1 year ago

I believe all council buildings should have rainwater tanks , solar panels and street lights should be LED. Thanks

1 year ago

Broad benefits of Biochar production and renewable energy technology manufacturing
biochar is a way of sequestering carbon as a permanent carbon storage, has known benefits to soil improvement, soil remediation, water purification, water retention and nutrient retention capacities. It is one of the simplest, low tech approaches to drawing down carbon, and can be practised from the backyard scale to large commercial scale.
I'm proposing that the Hepburn shire community look at ways of employing biochar technology in an circular and regenerative economic system that integrates the following;
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1 year ago

An education campaign about improving insulation and working with thermostats would be very positive. A common problem is that households set their air conditioners on a temperature it can't possibly achieve so it just runs constantly to no advantage.

1 year ago

Publick area and Street lighting should be LED where posible with solar and battery storage.

1 year ago

behind the meter solar for both residential and community projects. Micro grids where the community becomes energy self reliant. Manufacturing powered by renewables and battery tech.

1 year ago

As a Hepburn shire resident we are passionate about reducing our carbon footprint and one of the ways we have taken this to the next level is to make our printing business a Low Co2 member and Make it Carbon Neutral provider. It would be great to see the Shire seeking out and utilizing local businesses with these environmental accreditation themselves and providing other local businesses with the support to obtain accreditation.
http://lowcarboneconomy.com.au/listing/sovereign-press/

1 year ago

I believe we should also be taking advantage of the experience of other organisations in our region. Drawing on their experience will not only ensure we don't go down paths that lead nowhere but they can also readily open us up to proven concepts. And being from our region it is likely that what works for them will work for us.

Castlemaine has a successful community solar group that benefits community facilities as well as home & biz owners http://mash.org.au/castlemaine-solar/
Newstead, since 2008, has been working towards100% locally generated, grid-connected, reliable, affordable renewab...

1 year ago

I feel that we (the shire) should be creating bike paths and a rail trail. By doing so, this should get more people on bikes and less in cars.

1 year ago

Organic waste going to landfill creates vast amounts of greenhouse emissions and is a waste of precious resources. We have established a model which diverts organic waste from landfill and returns it to local soils ( tripling productivity) via a vermiculture ( compost worms) thus significantly and directly reducing emissions as well as reducing the emissions from reliance on petro-chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides ... and producing far more nutritious and healthy foods and livestock.

We would like Council to help create a clear, accessible and affordable pathway through the EPA to a...

1 year ago

Expansion of the concept currently in place at Davos Worm Farms, Broomfield, whereby, through Vermiculture, large amounts of organic wastes can be converted in to chemical free organic fertiliser.

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