Six central Victorian councils – Ballarat, Hepburn, Central Goldfields, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander and Pyrenees Shire Councils have received funding for their proof-of-concept plan for a waste-to-energy network to power community buildings.
‘We want to see more councils working together across municipal borders to get the best results for ratepayers and this is a good example of that work in action.’ Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins
Organic waste collected by councils – such as food that would usually go to landfill – will be diverted toward generating power for community facilities. Councils expect this will reduce costs for landfill and reduce emissions.
The Collaborative Council – Sustainability Fund Partnership Program has $300,000 for Victorian councils working in groups to develop business cases or undertake feasibility studies. The program aims to encourage councils to work together to find environmentally friendly solutions that also reduce costs for councils and their communities.
The closing date for the next round of the Program funding is 31 January 2017.