Formed in 2007 the Gippsland Climate Change Network Inc. (GCCN) has delivered a range of local projects and provided support for climate change modification. GCCN provides feedback for many local council policies and projects working closely with LG Sustainability Officers, Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group, the State Government through DELWP and Sustainability Victoria, the Latrobe Valley Authority, Green Alliance and over 30 community organisations.
A key deliverable was the Gippsland Low Carbon Growth Plan developed by Climate Works in 2011.This plan identified a range of potential emission reduction options across the Gippsland region including the successful grant for low emission street lighting.
2017 was a defining year for the Gippsland Climate Change Network. It begun with a Gippsland tour by international Climate expert Soren Hermansen as part of the Community Energy Congress in Melbourne. Four network meetings and a variety of renewable energy and battery storage workshops around Gippsland developed a local appetite for the Community Power Hub Pilot program which we were awarded later in that year. This exciting State Government initiative will develop local expertise in renewable energy and at least one landmark project. GCCN also completed an extensive study on a Gippsland Biohub Project exploring the opportunity to advance the Gippsland region’s potential in the emerging Bio Economy using consultant Mark Glover from Ecowaste. We are currently working on the next steps in commercialising the results of the study.
In 2018, after extensive stakeholder engagements, GCCN developed a comprehensive strategic plan for 2018 – 2020.