Climate Change Response
We believe that Climate Change is real and Gippsland with its clean, green image and history of energy generation can be a leader in sustainable practices and renewable energy generation.
Some of the ways we believe Gippsland can be involved in climate change reduction are:
- Development of Gippsland’s wind power capacity both offshore and onshore where ecological sound and accepted by the community
- Support for expansion of sustainable crop growing. Soil improvement and available water will increasingly become valuable commodities.
- Improvement in the carbon footprint associated with animal farming in particular bio-digestion of wastes.
- Development of solar resources including use of solar on homes, micro grids allowing solar sharing and solar farms
- Support development of pumped hydro systems
- Long term targets that reduce emissions from coal based power.
- Development of skills and trades in the region to meet renewable energy needs.
- Diversification of local industry to manufacture components for renewable energy eg wind turbine parts.
- Reuse of wasted biomass eg leaves, bark and branches from harvested pine plantations.
- Encourage new industries with a like minded attitude eg Earthworker
- Redesign of the distribution network to optimise use, allow sharing and reduced costs.
- Developing more community ownership of renewable capacity including funding for low income housing
- Creating the mechanism for the retrofitting of older homes to make them more energy efficient.
- Support recycling and the elimination of plastic bags.
- Development of a fair transition plan for workers leaving the old carbon intensive economy
- Uptake of electric vehicles and charging points
- Preparation of holistic plans and strategies to minimise climate change impacts including sensible planning rules on sea level rise and support for adaptation measures to protect venerable communities.
GCCN Priority Goals for 2018 – 2020
1. Secure organisation’s financial viability
- Compile a Proposed Annual Budget sufficient to meet basic organisational needs
- Maintain an Annual Register of Funding Opportunities incl. applications, dates open/closing, $$ range, contact details
- Design an Investment Fund, launch with annual targets Annual Budget
2. Complete the Community Power Hub Project
- Complete as per Contract with a landmark project in Latrobe Valley
- Create a Continuing Model for Gippsland
3. Investigate other key projects relevant to Purpose & Objectives
- Research at least two ‘other’ potential GCCN-led projects each year for Board discussion, including partner projects with others (eg. ‘Take 2’ program with state government, biomass and waste with GWRRG, retrofitting with commercial partners).
- Each project proposal assessed against a criteria checklist eg. relevance to GCCN objectives, funding available, likelihood of funding & level of risk / difficulty
- Each project proposal to have a small sub-committee assigned to prepare it, potentially incl. seconded ‘outsiders’
4. Strengthen governance structures relevant to our needs
- Create functional Sub-Committees eg. Finance & Audit, Communications, Governance, Local Government, Projects
- Undertake an Annual Review (July/Aug)
- Investigate feasibility of an Not for Profit commercial business (‘Energise Gippsland’)
- Design a clear Local Government Strategy including value proposition, fees, board reps, Officers network, MOU’s
5. Deliver an effective Communications Plan
- Develop a unique communication plan focusing on the ‘Gippsland picture’
- Appoint a single GCCN Spokesperson for all media comment unless otherwise allocated
- Appoint a Communications Officer (volunteer or PT)
- Provide regular newsletters: All members plus targeted groups (eg. Sus Officers)
- Regular network meets including key guest speakers around Gippsland
- Regular social media & website updates
- Regular media releases
6. Build a Sustainability Education Program for Gippsland
- Review and build upon the learning from regional programs delivered over the last decade
- Clearly articulate our role as Lead (eg. Gipps Sust’y Leadership Program) , Partner (eg. RCE / Fed Uni)) Support (eg. Promote Heyfield ‘Flags’ ) or Encourage (eg. Letters of support)
- Highlight specific local and Gippsland regional resources & issues eg. Energy, natural resources, local services
- Potential key collaborations eg. with Federation University, local government, community & neighbourhood centres etc