Mildura Rural City Council
Is a Power Partner
“We signed up to the Cities Power Partnership to show that we are leaders in our community for renewable energy and emission reductions. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to join with other local government areas with a shared interest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and community advocacy.”
Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Provide incentives and/or remove barriers to encourage local businesses to take up solar power and battery storage.
Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.
Power council operations by renewable energy, and set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.
Mildura Rural City Council
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Mildura Rural City Council carry out a number of projects and initiatives that aim to minimise our impact on the environment. Council’s key sustainability areas are electricity, fleet, water, biodiversity, waste and community engagement. Each of these areas has plans and strategies adopted by Council to improve the sustainability of Council operations, protect the natural environment and reduce the impact of our community on the environment.
In 2007 Council developed a Greenhouse Action Plan (GAP) to address rising energy usage and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Through implementation of actions in the GAP, Council attained a reduction in emissions of 20.2% by 2012. The Energy Management Plan 2012-2017 was developed in 2012 and expanded on the Greenhouse Action Plan by considering the financial benefits of reducing energy consumption. The target of a 10% reduction from 2011-12 electricity consumption levels was met in the first year of the plan.
The development of the Energy Management Plan 2017-2021 involved a review of the Energy Management Plan 2012-17 and identifies actions that build on the achievements of the previous plans.
The objectives of the Energy Management Plan 2017-2021 are to:
- Achieve a 25% reduction from 2015-16 electricity consumption in buildings and facilities by 2022.
- Achieve a 15% reduction from 2015-16 electricity consumption of street/public lighting by 2022.
- Record financial savings generated by energy efficiency projects.
- Record emission reduction from reduced energy consumption.
Our natural environment, particularly our Murray Riverfront Reserve, is valued by our community and visitors to the region. Ongoing Council works to maintain the environmental and recreational values in these areas include: management of recreational pressures, revegetation and weed and pest animal control. Revegetation of rural roadsides to increase and improve roadside vegetation corridors in the farming areas is also a priority for Mildura Rural City Council.
Community engagement is also an important part of Council’s environmental program. Environmental education within the community and involvement in projects and activities including, Clean up Australia Day, National Tree Day and the Mildura Eco Village help build the capacity of the community to value and care for our environment.
The Mildura Eco Village is located adjacent to the Mildura Landfill, the site is the base for the environmental education activities delivered by Council and incorporates the following facilities:
- An Education Centre – a multipurpose community facility displaying sustainable design elements, building practices and technologies.
- A Community Garden – the heart and soul of the Village which includes 37 raised beds, large on ground beds, composting and a worm farm.
- A Sustainable Play Space – constructed to encourage free play and creative thinking.
- The Eco House – a retrofitted sustainable demonstration house for community use. The Eco House is used as the main base for energy efficiency environmental education.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership?
Mildura Rural City Council vaules any opportunity to take the next steps towards a sustainable future.
By joining the CPP, Mildura Rural City Council hopes to collaborate with other organisations and councils for the primary purpose of working together for a better future that is solution focussed for the environment.
We look forward to learning from leaders in the renewable energy area and to share our renewable energy journey.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
- Local Government Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement for 100% of our electricity needs
- Transitioning fleet vehicles to fully electric
- Installation of electric vehicle chargers for Council and community
- Continuing installation of solar PV on Council buildings/facilities
- Continuing building retrofits to improve energy efficiency
- Converting major road lighting to LED