Lo­cals show their in­ter­est in min­imis­ing car­bon foot­print

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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