BZE speaks to Hepburn Shire’s Zero Net Emissions Community Transition Plan


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.

This project was a strategic initiative of the Coalition for Community Energy with the Renew and Little Sketches leading it, with help from many other collaborating groups and individuals including Starfish Initiatives.

The Community Transition Pilot was funded by Sustainability VictoriaHepburn Shire CouncilHepburn WindSamsø Energy Academy (Denmark) and Diversicon Environmental Foundation. The project ran throughout 2018.

The project team worked closely with Hepburn Shire Council, Hepburn Wind and the five local sustainability groups: SHARE, Hepburn Relocalisation Network, Trentham Sustainability Group, Transition Creswick and the Clunes Sustainability Group.

Hepburn Shire has greatly expanded the Z-NET Blueprint – going beyond zero net energy to zero net emissions –  by encompassing the full emissions spectrum and the associated opportunities of:

  • Stationary Energy
  • Transportation
  • Agriculture
  • Waste & waste water
  • Land use change

The outputs of the project are:

Find out more & get involved!

Visit the Z-NET Hepburn website.

Join the Facebook group for Hepburn Shire Z-NET

For more information contact Taryn Lane at or Dominic Murphy at

Scroll down to view some of the outputs of Z-NET.