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WATER AND ENVIRONMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL BODY GIVES
MOORABOOL THE GREEN
Council received a tick of approval for its environmental work from
one of the Victoria's best green role models -- Sustainability Victoria,
the lead government agency focused on demonstrating how to use
resources more efficiently to reduce ever yday environmental impact.
In June , Sustainability Victoria's Board met at Moor abool's
environmental showpiece Ecolinc and toured the Bacchus Mar sh area
to see some of the local environmental initiatives in practice.
Sustainability Victoria Chair Mike Waller said he was impressed with
Moorabool Shire Council strategies that interract to suppor t each
other and paid tribute to the work being done by Council in a
"Action on climate change and waste is more difficult for non-urban
councils with diver se populations but still with many of the same
issues that face urban councils," he said.
"We now understand that it is a lot bigger challenge for Moorabool
Shire considering the other areas to be concerned with such as land
degradation and drought."
The close working relationship that Council is forming with Sustainability
Victoria will ensure the positive environmental work continues.
MOORABOOL RESIDENTS GET
ON BOARD BEFORE SOLAR
REBATE RUNS OUT
At least 180 residents in Moorabool Shire will have their power bills
dramatically reduced after getting their applications in to conver t their
house to solar power before the Federal Government's solar power
rebate abruptly came to an end in July.
The $8000 solar rebate program ended three weeks before
expected and it is feared that many Moorabool residents will have
While it was disappointing that some residents will have missed out,
the response to the program was a strong indication of the suppor t
for green initiatives in Moorabool Shire.
The Moorabool preferred supplier Clear Solar has already put
together a new offer in-line with the replacement Federal rebate.
If anyone was midway through the application process and has paid,
a full refund is available by contacting Clear Solar on 0425 236 500
(Michael) or 0425 236 600 (Mathew), or emailing
MOORABOOL SHIRE COUNCIL
AWARDED FOR WATER WISDOM
Moorabool Shire Council has received an international award for its
commitment to sustainable water management.
The Shire was one of 26 Australian councils to be recognised by the
Oceania Secretariat of the Inter national Council for Local
Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) -- Local Gover nments for
Sustainability, an inter national not-for-profit organisation that
suppor ts local governments worldwide to achieve sustainable
development through local action.
Through working with the international freshwater management
program, the Water Campaign, Council has reduced the impact on
our water resources, which has environmental, financial and social
One of the key projects within the Water Campaign has been the
design and construction of a sediment pond located in Merrimu.
The project was developed after Council had noticed significant
amounts of sediment being deposited at the corner of O'Connell
and Wells Rd each time there was a rainfall event.
A sediment pond was created and planted with sedges and r ushes
to help clean the water as it enters the pond, slowing the water flow
to allow enough time for sediment and pollutants to fall to the
bottom. It is estimated that three tonnes of sediment will be collected
in the pond, preventing it from polluting the Lerderderg River.
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