Ovens & Murray Advertiser

Yackandand­ah Cemetery Trust shares in sustainabi­lity grants

- By CORAL COOKSLEY

THE YACKANDAND­AH Cemetery Trust is one of five community groups that shared in a pool of more than $19,000 worth of grants from Indigo Shire Council last week.

The trust received $8000 for installati­on of a 5kw solar photovolta­ic (PV) and battery storage system on the cemetery grounds maintenanc­e shed to charge battery operated grounds maintenanc­e equipment and power tools.

Yackandand­ah Cemetery Trust member Paul Anderson the trust’s ambition is to support the shift toward a more mindful relationsh­ip with energy, building climate change resilience and joining others within the community to help mitigate the climate emergency.

“Funds will assist the trust with costs to install the system that generates and stores renewable electricit­y from sunlight,” he said.

“Electricit­y generated will be used to charge battery operated grounds maintenanc­e equipment and power tools, not limited to mowers, whipper snippers, and pruners.

Mr Anderson said the transition from petrol powered maintenanc­e equipment to battery-enabled rechargeab­le electric equipment powered from renewable energy, meant zero emissions.

Among benefits for members and other community volunteers who support the site with maintenanc­e and upkeep will be increased grounds maintenanc­e efficiency, reduced operating costs as well as removing the need for hazardous onsite fuel and oil storage.

Others include increased workplace safety for members. as well as noise reduction for neighbours.

Mr Anderson said the Cemetery Trust is a funding co-contributo­r for the project budgeted up to $20,000 to contribute to the solar system installati­on costs, as well as the purchase of new electric maintenanc­e equipment.

Funding had been made possible through council’s 2021-2022 Community Sustainabi­lity Grants Program.

Lions Club of Beechworth received close to $4000 for installati­on of a 3.3kw solar system (10 x 330w panels) and 3000TLX dual inverter for its Gang Plate Layers Cottage project with Stanley Hall and Athenaeum Committee of management awarded $5000 for installati­on of a 6.6kw solar system and inverter at Stanley Hall.

Kiewa Catchment Landcare Group that runs as a network received $1000 for a revegetati­on project at Tangambala­nga’s Coulston Park Recreation Reserve, native plant giveaway and signage projects while Wahgunyah Progress Associatio­n had been awarded close to $1400 for installati­on of a 12v solar power supply and battery storage to light the Railway Reserve toilets in the town.

 ?? ?? MAINTAINED: An Indigo Shire Council sustainabi­lity grant will help with Yackandand­ah Cemetery Trust’s upkeep of the cemetery with tools and equipment powered by renewable energy.
MAINTAINED: An Indigo Shire Council sustainabi­lity grant will help with Yackandand­ah Cemetery Trust’s upkeep of the cemetery with tools and equipment powered by renewable energy.

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