Environment and Energy

Rain Passes Us By Again

The rainfalls on Wednesday were very much “hit and miss” across Victoria. Six millimeters fell on Daylesford bringing the November total to around 37mm, well below the long-term average of 61.6mm for the month. Rainfall for the year totals 707mm which is well below the long-term average of 839mm to the end of November.

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A Model for Community Climate Change Action

Hepburn Energy reported a very successful year at its Annual General Meeting last Saturday. With revenue of approximately $1.2 million with $0.7m of operating spending and after taking depreciation, the cooperative reported a net profit of $359,494.

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Warmer, Drier Weather Forecast to Continue

Rainfall for Daylesford and District has been well below average for the past four months which are normally the wettest time of the year. Across Australia, October rainfall was the lowest since 2002 and August to October was the third driest such period since 1900.

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El Nino to Persist Until at Least the End of Summer

Average rainfall across the state of 21mm was the lowest ever recorded for September in Victoria. Average temperatures across the state were the second highest ever recorded. The combined effects of climate change and the El Niño event are clearly having an impact.

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Central Highlands Water to Investigate Bioenergy Generation

Central Highlands Water has been awarded $60,000 in project funding through the Victorian Government’s Waste to Energy Bioenergy Fund. As part of the funding, CHW will explore the benefits of the localised production of bioenergy using forestry wood residue left onsite after a pine plantation is clear felled. The project will complement the organic waste composting facility at Creswick.

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Container Deposit Refund Point Installed In Daylesford

Container deposit refunds are a step closer in Daylesford with the installation of a reverse vending machine in East Street, Daylesford. The installation is part of a roll out of refund points across Victoria in preparation for the start of the scheme on November 1st.

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Opposition to Transmission Lines Puts Renewables at Risk

The Hepburn Shire is opposed to the major transmission lines for renewable energy going through Hepburn Shire. But there are growing concerns that renewable energy targets are unlikely to be met if major transition line projects are stalled by community opposition.

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Get Ready for a Hot Dry Summer

We have just had the warmest week on record globally. When it is cold, people don’t think of preparing their homes for summer but now is the time to act before we feel the effects of the coming El Niño summer, which will bring increased risks of drought, heatwaves and bushfires.

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EV Charging Now at Mineral Springs Reserve

The Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve is now hosting the Hepburn Shire’s third electric vehicle (EV) charging station thanks to a collaboration led by Chargefox with partners Hepburn Energy, the Hepburn Shire Council and Central Highlands Water.

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