Locals show their interest in minimising carbon footprint
GOOD RESPONSE: Community Energy Roadshow and launch of Sustainable Upper Ovens was well attended at the Bright Community Centre last week.
ABOUT 70 people attended a community energy forum in Bright last Thursday night, indicating a strong interest in alternative energy in the community.
The forum was a part of the Community Energy Roadshow, a series of events that brought community energy experts to locations around the North East.
The event also included the launch of the Sustainable Upper Ovens community group who will soon be developing projects that aim to minimise waste, plastics and energy use in Upper Ovens Valley communities.
“The roadshow event was a big success in that it helped clarify the range of different approaches that can fall under the community energy banner,” Sustainable Upper Ovens member Michelle Kent.
“We’re really looking forward to working with the community to identify an approach that works for us, and to identify ways that we can minimise waste and reduce our dependence on plastic.”
Among the guest speakers were Community Power Agency co- founder Nicky Ison, former global executive director of sustainability for Fujitsu, Alison Rowe, and Simon Mr Corbell who was appointed as the first Victorian renewable energy advocate in 2016.
“Speakers presented on the benefits of community energy for communities and on the development of a new community energy retailer in the North East,” Ms Kent said.
Polling shows that the North East has the highest interest in renewable energy in the state with 75 per cent of people interested in taking part in renewable energy projects.
Sustainable Upper Ovens will be releasing a survey in the next week that will help the group gauge projects that will benefit the community.
The survey will be available in hard copy at the Bright Library and electronically on the Sustainable Upper Ovens Facebook page.
For further information, Sustainable Upper Ovens can be contacted via email at SustainableUpperOvens@gmail.com.