Local Actions2020-06-11T00:51:41+00:00

Solar on Public Buildings

The Solar on Public Buildings Program is building solar energy systems on public land sites across Victoria. The program has been developed on a pilot project carried out in Gippsland in 2018-19 that resulted in [...]

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Charging the Regions – Rollout Update

Maryborough became the first of 17 towns across the region to have a fleet of cutting edge electric vehicle chargers. The new charging stations are in rural centres including Ouyen, Swan Hill, Kerang, Maryborough and [...]

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LaTrobe’s Bendigo Campus moves towards Net Zero

La Trobe University’s Bendigo Campus is one step closer to achieving its 2022 Net Zero target after construction finished last month on a series of solar carports. The new carports in Car Parks 1 and [...]

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Gardening Brings Township Together Through Lockdown

Sometimes you don’t need to innovate to progress. Late in 2019, the modern world didn’t understand the implications of global pandemics. The ‘C-word’ stood for climate change, not COVID, and the community of Rushworth was [...]

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Regional Climate Leader Profile – Louise Costa

Hometown: Rushworth Occupation: Public speaker and community leader Area of Interest: Biodiversity protection How is climate change impacting your community? In Rushworth, we have many poorly built homes that aren’t suitable for the changing weather [...]

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Caring for Country in a Changing Climate Micro-funding Programs EOIs Now Open

Micro- funding program EOI Now Open. Caring for Country in Changing climate is an ADAPT Loddon Mallee micro-funding program supported by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Find out more here

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Regional Climate Leader Profile – Liesbeth Long

Name Liesbeth Long Hometown Maryborough Occupation Primary Producer Area of Interest Agriculture climate adaptation How is climate change impacting your community? Living in a small town surrounded by half a dozen farmers, we noticed our [...]

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Duratrack railway sleepers provide sustainable alternative

On the road to creating a circular economy, reusing plastic waste is a top priority for innovation. Integrated Recycling has created one solution by turning plastics from Mildura farmers into Duratrack railway sleepers. Stephen Webster, [...]

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Salvaging to be sustainable in Castlemaine

Anna Winneke, owner of The Salvage Yard in Castlemaine, is teaching the next generation about the benefits of salvaging old building materials. Salvaged materials have a lower carbon footprint than newly manufactured and recycled materials [...]

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Winemaker invests in greener pastures

Welshman’s Reef winemaker, Ron Snep, has gone 40 kilometres south to ensure his grape production can continue in the face of increasingly hotter temperatures in the Bendigo wine region. Mr Snep said by purchasing a [...]

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Regional Climate Leader Profile – Eva Whyte

Name Eva Whyte Hometown Castlemaine Occupation Student, and volunteering for the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group Area of Interest Intersection between climate change and disability. How is climate change impacting your community? Climate change is impacting [...]

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Regional Climate Leader Profile – Ruby Barnes

Name Ruby Barnes Hometown Kerang Occupation Irrigation Extension Officer, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions Area of Interest Agriculture How is climate change impacting your community? In a dominated agricultural community, climate change is a [...]

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Heat heroes

The Goldfields Employment and Learning Centre (GELC) Neighbourhood House in Maryborough protected community members from harsh weather this past summer by providing a ‘Heat Retreat’. Some people do not have safe protection from the high [...]

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Podcast brings science and community action together

Alison Hanly is the Mount Alexander Shire resident behind ‘Saltgrass’, a podcast with a focus on tackling climate change in her local community. An interest in sustainability in her personal life combined with a passion [...]

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Project preparing Eucalypts for climate change

A climate-ready revegetation project and trial at Nardoo Hills Reserve near Wedderburn is progressing to a stage-two planting this year. The collaborative experiment between conservation not-for-profit Bush Heritage Australia and environmental not-for-profit Greenfleet aims to [...]

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Community farming improving local food security

COMMUNITY farming is a growing practice that offers many benefits for farmers and the local area, providing people with an accessible avenue to set up a farming business while also creating fresh, healthy, and local [...]

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Tarnagulla work towards climate resilience

Like many other rural and regional communities, the Tarnagulla community face many challenges in adapting to a changing climate. Some of the obstacles Tarnagulla face included a shrinking and aging population, unreliable electricity and long [...]

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Bendigo residents’ organic waste used in climate research

A La Trobe University researcher is unlocking the potential of central Victoria’s organic waste, as part of a two-year project aiming to improve agricultural practices and mitigate climate change. Dr Jim Radford, from the Research [...]

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Community Water Bank: Building Resilience for Small-Scale Community Regenerative Farming

It couldn’t be a more critical time to be investing in some innovative solutions to water security for our regional communities. Food Next Door Co-op are honoured to have received support from the Department of [...]

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