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Climate Change

Climate change is a critical and ongoing issue for the global community and is of great significance to local councils who are responsible for providing key services to communities including the management of natural and manmade resources.

Southern Grampians Shire Council is focused on reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions as well as planning for adaptation to climate change. We have conducted energy audits of major facilities in order to make energy efficiency improvements and we have introduced a Sustainable Vehicles policy, which ensures our transport fleet is fuel efficient.

We monitor our Carbon Footprint with detailed analysis of our major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, including waste disposal, electricity, street lighting, transport and stationary fuels.

Recent actions to reduce our emissions:

  • Installation of a 3 kilowatt solar system at the Hamilton Visitor Information Centre
  • Replacement of halogen lighting with LED at the Hamilton library and incandescent lighting with LED at the Hamilton Gallery
  • Replacement of electric hot water system with solar at Penshurst Caravan Park
  • Replacement of 6 cylinder fleet vehicles with 4 cylinder and more diesel vehicles
  • Installation of motion sensors for lighting in various Council buildings
  • Introduction of a bicycle for Council staff to reduce motor vehicle use
  • Replacement of 1000 80 watt street lights with LED alternatives
  • Installation of a 30 kw solar system at HILAC
  • Introduction of an organic waste service for households in Hamilton and Tarrington to reduce methane emissions from landfill

Contact
Sustainability Coordinator
1 Market Place
Hamilton Vic 3300
Phone (03) 5573 0220
Email kmcintyre@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au

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