Six central Victorian councils will work together on an organic, micro-waste to energy power station.
Hepburn Shire Council will develop a final business case for the facility, while the planning will be extended to five neighbouring councils – Ballarat, Central Goldfields, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander and Pyrenees Shire – who will work across municipal boundaries on how it could be used for the entire region.
Organic waste collected by councils, such as food, will be diverted toward generating power for community facilities. Councils expect this will reduce costs for landfill and reduce emissions.
The facility is made possible by the Victorian Government, which provided $50,000 from the New Energy Jobs Fund and $75,000 from round two of the Collaborative Council – Sustainability Fund Partnership Program.
The initiative involves $300,000 being provided to Victorian councils working in groups to develop business cases or undertake feasibility studies. It aims to encourage councils to work together to find environmentally friendly solutions which also reduce costs for councils and their communities.
Closing date for the next round of funding is January 31 2017.