Z-NET wins Premier's sustainability award

Hepburn Shire's Z-NET has been awarded the Premier's Sustainability Award in the 2019 community category.

This article originally featured on the The Courier on October 15 2019, written by Hayley Elg.

Hepburn Wind’s Taryn Lane was heavily involved with the development of the project and said she was “really grateful” the project was recognised.

She said the project was an example of a community going above and beyond in terms of sustainability and climate change mitigation.

“Governments are adhering to the 2050 target (of net zero emissions) but we think it is important to reach no more than 1.5 degrees in the next decade,” she said.

“If we can do as much as we can at a grassroots level that means governments can be more ambitious.”

Mayor, Cr Don Henderson, said it was great for the region to be recognised for its sustainability efforts.

“We have very active and passionate communities within the Hepburn Shire, which positions us well to continue supporting great projects,” he said.

“As Council, we can also support community through programs such as Solar Savers, where we buy solar PV systems on behalf of pensioners and low-income households, to be paid back through rates. There is a need for an equal, inclusive and just transition.”

The full Z-NET project can be viewed here.