Giving power to the people
WANGARATTA is leading the charge alongside six other Victorian councils to promote sustainability in their respective municipalities.
At Wangaratta’s March ordinary council meeting five actions to make the rural city more sustainable, under the Cities Power Partnership, were endorsed.
The installation of renewable energy or solar panels on council buildings was one action.
When building a new roof on the Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre recently, construction plans integrated stronger materials for the roof to hold solar panels at a future date.
The same was done with the roof on the Eldorado Hall, so power costs can be reduced.
Council has already started to look into the purchase of hybrid or electric vehicles for its fleet.
Investigation of universal charge points for cars in the area could also be on the agenda to promote the usability of these vehicles in remote or rural areas.
More cycle lanes will be added into future road designs to allow more people to ride their bikes to work or to navigate the CBD and surrounding road networks.
Education will be a key and businesses and residents will be encouraged to use solar energy.
Talk about reducing greenhouse gas emissions is something that’s been going on for decades, but these types of initiatives at a local government level certainly give residents and business operators ideas on how they too can reduce their use of energy powered by fossil fuels, and at the same time reduce costs, helping the environment for generations to come.