The Shire of Strathbogie
Is a Power Partner
Bogie Bulk Buy
Solar bulk buy program launched July 2017
Public EV charging stations installed at Euroa car park
Strathbogie Shire Council is keen to make a difference for its residents and to join with other councils in a national effort to reduce greenhouse emissions. Over the last 15 to 20 years, in answer to community desires, many local councils have invested greatly in steady reductions of corporate and community greenhouse emissions, so It’s great to be able to come together nationally to celebrate, learn and achieve more.
Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Encourage local businesses and residents to take up Solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating. This can be done through providing incentives (such as solar bulk buy schemes or flexible payment options) or streamlining approval processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV)
Set city-level renewable energy targets, emissions reduction targets and sustainable energy policies to provide a common goal and shared expectation for residents and businesses.
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Provide council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy, such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body.
Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles. Council has an electric vehicle that is charged by solar power.
The Shire of Strathbogie
Past and current achievements in energy efficiency, renewable energy and broader sustainability
Research, and consult on the Sustainable Strathbogie 2030 Strategy; Our Sustainable Strathbogie 2030 Strategy is underway, and covers environment, sustainability and adaptation initiatives throughout the shire. It will be a significant framework for our future greenhouse actions.
Implement the Strathbogie Solar Bulk Buy Program; Strathbogie Shire Council launches its rural focussed ‘Bogie Bulk Buy’ program www.bogiebulkbuy.com.au on 27 July 2017. A key feature of the program is our desire to provide farmers, businesses, homeowners and weekenders with an impartial expert information source in the form of not-for-profit Yarra Energy Foundation.
Joined the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE); In February 2017, Strathbogie Shire Council joined Victoria’s Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) to learn more and join in reducing greenhouse emissions in the built environment. CASBE is a growing association of Victorian councils who integrate Ecological Sustainable Development (ESD) into planning policy.
Install electric vehicle charging stations in Kirkland Avenue, Euroa, in July 2017. Strathbogie Shire Council is currently facilitating the installation of electric vehicle charging stations for the public in its carpark and will evaluate their utilisation with the aim of further potential installations across the Shire.
Future planning for energy efficiency, renewable energy and broader sustainability
Investigate actions for Strathbogie Shire Council’s corporate building Greenhouse Program. Audit our council owned and operated buildings to achieve best cost benefit across energy efficiency, comfort, and water efficiency.
Research best value Strathbogie Shire Council rate rebates for private landholders who formally sign a property covenant or equivalent to protect native vegetation in perpetuity; In rural areas, protecting native vegetation not only benefits biodiversity, it locks land up as local carbon stores.
Undertake a feasibility analysis of an over-the-counter carbon offset market scheme managed by Council; Undertake a business plan to analyse opportunities available for council managed carbon offset scheme, which not only locks up and protects native vegetation, but gives it a further value to landholders.
Investigate a Strathbogie insulation and draught-proofing bulk buy program for residents; Once our solar bulk buy program has finalised, Strathbogie Shire Council will undertake an evaluation and cost benefit analysis on a bulk-buy style retrofit program of the thermal envelope of residential and commercial buildings.
Why Did Strathbogie Shire Council Join the Cities Power Partnership?
Strathbogie Shire Council is a rural Victorian municipality with a small population and a large, diverse land-mass. Our residents are already grappling with the realities of climate change – transitioning their farming techniques and business, advocating for the environment, and above all, volunteering their time to sustainable endeavours. Joining the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership acknowledges the expert support from the Climate Council, important network links from other councils throughout Australia, opening up funding opportunities, and growing our reputation throughout the environment and sustainability sector.