Sustainability

Sustainable resource management and resources for residents



Sustainability


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Mitchell Shire Council Council is committed to energy and water reduction goals to ensure accountability and demonstrate leadership.  In 2011 Council adopted the Mitchell Shire Sustainable Resource Management Strategy. 

The strategy contains thirteen high-priority actions that focus Council's human and financial resources on areas where we can make the biggest impact and most positive change.

It directs our attention to areas where Council can reduce greenhouse emissions and water usage as well as save money on consumption of electricity, gas and water.

After careful analysis of baseline data and investigation into high-priority sustainability actions, council has committed to:

  • Reducing corporate greenhouse emissions by 20% on 2009-2010 levels by 2020-2021
  • Reducing corporate water usage by 20% on 2009-2010 levels by 2020-2021


Mitchell Shire is confident that these goals can be met through major actions, such as improvements to street lighting and building efficiency actions, which have the potential to reduce emissions by 2000 tonnes a year.

The Council's corporate emissions are reported on a quarterly basis.


Sustainable Resource Management Strategy Review - October 2013

The midterm review of the Sustainable Resource Management Strategy (SRMS) was recently completed, which summarised the progress made on this strategy since it was adopted by Council in 2011.

To date, progress on key SRMS priority actions includes:

  • Energy and Water Use Audits conducted at Kilmore Leisure Centre, Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre, the Broadford Civic Centre and the three outdoor pools with the development of efficiency action plans for each of these sites.

  • The installation of 5 kW of solar panels at the Wallan Resource Recovery Centre and energy efficiency works on site, incorporating educational signage and a tour program for the facility which is available to school and community groups on request.

The review also included a full inventory of Council's organisational energy, water use, and carbon emissions.

Download the Sustainable Resource Management Review  (PDF, 907K).


Community Resources

Council continues to work in supporting the community to reduce their greenhouse emissions.

The resources allocated towards this work are best invested into community programs to influence emission levels rather than attempting to measure the emissions for the community as a whole.

Some work has been done in this area by the Department of Sustainability and Environment.

Mitchell Shire faces large population growth over the coming years:

  • an overall increase of around 60% expected by 2026
  • an increase in service provision and energy use
  • significant increase in greenhouse emissions
  • increase in carbon liability faced by the Shire


Council recognises that reducing greenhouse emissions will involve significant effort and expenditure, some of which can be funded externally.

Council must also cover costs internally but these actions will lead to long-term financial savings and positive environmental impacts for Mitchell.

Council knows it has to demonstrate leadership in our community and make a difference through our actions.

By implementing The Sustainable Resource Management Strategy, through the integration of smart and sustainable practices into our systems and operations; we are ensuring we reduce our future carbon liability, as well as energy and water costs, through decreased consumption.


Further Resources

There are a number of resources available to support you to reduce your energy and water consumption and carbon emissions and so reduce your impact on climate change.

With costs of electricity, gas and water on the increase, taking action in your own home will help the environment and save you money.

Sustainability Victoria has a wealth of information for householders.

The Environmental Protection Authority also has a great Greenhouse Gas Calculator , so you can gain more understanding about the impact of your carbon emissions on the environment and you can track your progress as you progress on your energy efficiency journey.

If you're looking to buy new appliances, check out the Energy Star Rating website before you go to make sure you don't purchase an expensive energy consumer.

The CSIRO is another wealth of information about climate change and how we can influence our environment through our behaviour.

For help with managing your Energy use, visit the Department of state Development, Business and Innovation - Energy and Earth Resources pages.

A typical Australian household uses around 17 kWh of electricity per day. Find out if flexible pricing could help reduce your electricity bill at switchon.vic.gov.au