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Call for ideas to cut community carbon emissions

Hand holding seedling.

Incentives to reduce waste and planting more shady trees are some ideas emerging in a call for how communities in Mount Alexander Shire might collectively reach zero net carbon emissions by 2030.

Wednesday 28 April 2021

Incentives to reduce waste and planting more shady trees are some ideas emerging in a call for how communities in Mount Alexander Shire might collectively reach zero net carbon emissions by 2030.

The call for ideas, concerns and how the shire’s communities can build a collective vision for a carbon reduced future opened in September, and will close on Saturday 15 May.

Mount Alexander Shire Councillor Rosie Annear said she was delighted with the responses to date.

“We have received so many thoughtful responses and creative ideas,” Cr Annear said. “And we want more.

“To ensure we have a representative and accurate picture of our community’s wants and needs we need as many people as possible to contribute. So please go online to www.oursay.org/znetmountalexandershire and add your ideas, views and concerns. We want to hear from you.”

Among other ideas to date are:

- a shared tool shed
- a neighbourhood goat grazing co-operative to reduce weeds
- normalising cycling as a transport
- planting fire retardant vegetation
- an electric car and bike share scheme.

Contributions will be fed into a master plan co-designed with communities across the shire to reduce carbon emissions from their activities.

Council received a $10,000 grant from Sustainability Victoria with matched funding from Council and in-kind contributions from community partners, totalling $33,000, to scope the master plan to get to zero net emissions by 2030.

Cr Annear represents Mount Alexander Shire Council on a steering group set up to oversee the plan’s development.

It includes representatives from the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group, the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, Nalderun and others.

“In 2019 our Council declared a climate emergency and renewed out commitment to work with the community to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change,” said Cr Annear.

“This builds on the substantial work of the Climate Forum in 2019 and is an important first stage in planning together and thinking creatively about how we can tackle one of the biggest challenges of our time, climate change.”

For more information about the project and to contribute your ideas by Saturday 15 May go to www.oursay.org/znetmountalexandershire.

Check the blog at this site for a summary of ideas contributed to date.



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