This is a place for community members to provide valuable input into plans that will help shape a better Hepburn Shire for everyone.
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.
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Hopefu... Waste to energy capacity established at municipal depots and battery farms on council land. Plantation/reforestation. This timber can then be used for household use. Has the added benefits of ... Community wide and individual incentives for renewable energy adoption paid through rates/community ... Community transport options – e.g. community bus using biofuel, better use of existing transport a... Bio char offsets integrating green waste to create social industry including a tree register, carbon... Hepburn Wind to become Hepburn Power and integrate local energy generation initiatives and options (... Household and building audits (including appliances) to reduce energy consumption at an individual a... Timely and non-complex information for new builds/renters/households about energy savings; increase ... Prefab and sustainable house builds, which will also generate jobs Planning department guidelines for retrofits. Have council schemes to encourage energy efficient/env... Local energy systems to reduce energy miles, which will also develop jobs/eco-tourism opportunities School to become eco-hubs and model good practice for low energy usage, supported by education to ch... Community street program: create local networks by getting neighbours to talk to each other. This wi... Have workshops on environmental efficiency measures and renewable energy. Develop community educatio... Encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy generation– light globe replacements, water effic... Retrofitting of older houses to be more energy efficient, including subsidies or a bank loan system ... Free green recycling / bio energy, waste to energy systems Improving walking and cycling infrastructure to reduce the number of cars making short trips in town... Micro solar power grid Networking and learning visit to Newstead to learn from their experiences and initiatives Change council planning regulations and building codes to favour energy efficiency e.g. promote nort... Bulk purchasing of energy efficient appliances, lighting etc. Solar units can be bulk purchased with... Hepburn Shire to join the More Australian Solar Home initiative. This allows for bulk buying of sola... Water harvesting and common woodlots Community tree planting Biodiversity/changing agricultural practices e.g. whole of town composting, weed control, tree plant... Generating power through pressure/solar pads on roads Community owned and township wide integrated energy production, distribution and storage using solar... Storage of power using thermal energy systems e.g. solar thermal, geo thermal and stored hydro Communication, education and consultation as the platform on which all projects are built As a method of funding the biodigester concept you were contemplating, I wonder if you can offer peo... I believe a majority of our community would be in favour of developing carbon neutral initiatives. I... The Hepburn Shire should make available self contained RV tourism destinations throughout the Shire... Hepburn Shire Council to acquire large bush blocks adjoining public land, and ensure they are manage... Hepburn Shire staff ride bicycles to meetings outside of Shire. Really. Require the Hepburn Shire Council to re-vegetate roadsides and shire reserves with indigenous native... Job creation - making buildings (home and business) energy efficient starts with making them thermal... Pumped Hydro at Lake Daylesford to Lake Jubilee , along lines being explored by Hepburn Wind Hepburn Shire Council to facilitate by permitting tree topping/felling;
1) to allow continued high... I would like to see better access to sustainable local food both to support healthy communities and ... I would like to see better access to sustainable local food both to support healthy communities and ... I wouls reaally like to see solar panels installed on the Trentham primary School buildings to make ... behind the meter solar for both residential and community projects. Micro grids where the community... tourism and hospitality providers carbon offsetting the cost of a meal, bed stay, car trip, etc thro... centralised green waste reclemation from hospitality venues composted in systems like this http://ww... Publick area and Street lighting should be LED where posible with solar and battery storage. Expansion of the concept currently in place at Davos Worm Farms, Broomfield, whereby, through Vermic... Organic waste going to landfill creates vast amounts of greenhouse emissions and is a waste of preci... Broad benefits of Biochar production and renewable energy technology manufacturing
biochar is a wa... Wind turbines which provide community power.. also solar farms. Or solar panels on every commercial ... A more frequent bus service to our nearest railway stations, ie Ballan or Woodend, instead of the 1 ... I feel that we (the shire) should be creating bike paths and a rail trail. By doing so, this should ... I believe we should also be taking advantage of the experience of other organisations in our region.... I think we need to be creative. A solar-powered 'community car' that could be booked/used b... As a Hepburn shire resident we are passionate about reducing our carbon footprint and one of the way... An education campaign about improving insulation and working with thermostats would be very positive... I believe all council buildings should have rainwater tanks , solar panels and street lights should ...
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;
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.
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.