Hepburn Z-NET, the Shire-wide partnership working to reach zero net emissions by 2030, is taking expressions of interest to join their community Roundtable, which guides the initiative’s implementation.

Over the past year, the partnership has continued to deliver targeted programs making it easier for local households and businesses to cut their emissions and improve their quality of life. The group works with the Community Transition Plan that was released in 2019 and key community programs include the Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy, Solar Savers and recent EV Bulk-Buy.

In 2020, the Home Energy Assessment and Energy Savvy Upgrades program was kicked off, offering free audits and subsidised retrofits for certain households. Managed by Transition Creswick, many households are now jumping on board to make their houses more weatherproof and efficient.

One of the strengths of Hepburn Z-NET is its Collaborative Governance model which brings together different community groups, organisations, community members and experts and Council to guide and deliver various projects and programs. These different interests and skillsets are represented on the Z-NET Roundtable, while the council has a key role as the backbone of the group.

Local and diverse stakeholders from across the shire are encouraged to apply. Expressions of interest will remain open until May 10 and applicants will hear back in late May. You can find more information and fill in the Expression of Interest (EOI) form on the Z-NET website.