Hepburn Shire was successful in being selected to be the Z-NET pilot for Victoria under the Sustainability Victoria Take2 Community Transitions Pilot Program. In particular, because of its demonstrated track record in community energy with the Hepburn Wind project and the strong support shown by the Hepburn Shire Council, local community and business to pursue 100% renewable energy.
The Community Transition Pilot is funded by Sustainability Victoria, Hepburn Shire Council, Hepburn Wind, Samsø Energy Academy (Denmark) and Diversicon Environmental Foundation. The project will run from February through to August 2018.
Further support is being provided by Engineers Without Borders, Melbourne University, Powershop and the Climate Council.
The Z-NET Blueprint will be evolved through this process from the first version with Uralla, to encompass a wider carbon emissions inventory than stationery heat and electricity. It will also consider transport, energy storage, waste and land use. (The blueprint can be seen here.)
Further, the project will commence feasibility on projects identified to help reach 100% renewable energy and develop the community capacity to deliver the community transition pathway. The project team will work closely with Hepburn Shire Council and the five local sustainability groups: Hepburn Wind, SHARE, Hepburn Relocalisation Network, Trentham Sustainability Group, Transition Creswick and the Clunes Sustainability Group.
The project will:
- Deliver a Z-NET Blueprint for the Hepburn Shire (carbon emissions inventory)
- Deliver a co-developed Community Transition Plan
- Produce feasibility analysis and business cases for local energy options
- Build resources and capacity within the community
- Update and expand the Z-NET Blueprint
For more information contact Taryn Lane: firstname.lastname@example.org | 0458 048 287
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