Giv­ing power to the peo­ple

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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.

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