Throughout June, Council is holding workshops to explore how your community could lead the way to become carbon neutral, including local renewable energy or energy efficiency solutions at a business, individual and community level.

The opportunities include the potential for each community to become renewable energy self-sufficient, reduce carbon emissions and energy costs, while also creating local job opportunities.

At the workshops we will discuss what carbon neutrality could look like for your township (including any current projects) and the benefits, barriers and opportunities of new carbon neutral projects proposed by the community.

The ideas and outcomes generated from each workshop will be circulated across the Shire to stimulate further conversations within the community and encourage residents to get on board and get involved.

A second round of workshops will be held in August/September to review each community’s ideas and to identify what tools and resources will be needed to develop an action plan or roadmap that bring these ideas to fruition. Guest speakers will also be present to share their project experiences and the key lessons learnt.

Council will be on hand for the duration of the project in a facilitation, advisory and advocacy role, and will also talk about some of its Towards Zero Emissions projects.

The workshops are open to all Hepburn Shire residents, businesses, organisations and community groups. We are asking people to register for the workshops as it will help inform the workshop agenda and provide us with an understanding of community project ideas and needs.

Register by COB Wednesday 31 May 2017. We would also appreciate it if you could circulate this invitation to your networks and those people in your community who would be interested in attending.

The workshops will be held on the following dates and will run from 7 to 9pm.

  • Creswick: Wednesday 7 June – Doug Lindsay Reserve
  • Trentham: Thursday 8 June – Trentham Neighbourhood Centre
  • Daylesford: Wednesday 14 June – Senior Citizens Rooms, Daylesford Town Hall
  • Clunes:     Thursday 15 June – The Esmond Room, The Warehouse

Can’t attend?

If you can’t attend, we would still like to hear from you.  Just fill out the contact details section of the registration form (above), complete the short survey and hit submit. Or jump onto the OurSay Forum to have your say.

For further enquiries, please contact John van Rooden at or on 03 5321 6125.

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