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 Victoria, Hepburn Shire Council, Hepburn Wind, Samsø 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
- Waste & waste water
- Land use change
The outputs of the project are:
- Hepburn Z-NET Community Transition Plan
- Hepburn Z-NET Snapshot Report
- Hepburn Z-NET Options Model
- Hepburn Z-NET Engagement Postcards
- Hepburn Z-NET Sankey interactive visual
- Hepburn Z-NET Sector interactive visual
Join the Facebook group: Hepburn Shire Z-NET