The draft Greater Bendigo Zero Emissions Roadmap sets out what we need to do to become a zero emissions city by 2030. It contains 35 priority projects covering the topics of energy, transport, food and agriculture, nature and circular economy. Thank you to everyone who gave feedback on the draft Roadmap. Please follow the project for updates and to hear when the final Roadmap is published.
About the draft Roadmap
To create the roadmap, the Greater Bendigo Climate Collaboration spoke to Greater Bendigo residents as well as key stakeholders from government, business and industry. So far, over 10 forums have been held and over 1000 residents have been involved in the creation of the roadmap. Read more about the Greater Bendigo Climate Collaboration
The roadmap looks at how we as a community can best transform our city to zero emissions by 2030. We looked at:
- what support homes and businesses need
- collective projects we can undertake together as a City
- and the advocacy positions we will need to take to state and federal government. For example, the need to end to all new fossil fuel projects and phase out current fossil fuel projects
The 35 priority projects are grouped under themes:
- Continue the Greater Bendigo Climate Collaboration
- Partnerships: keep seeking opportunities to collaborate across the region
- Facilitate development of local, community led climate action plans
- Finalise the Regional Zero Emissions Roadmap for the Loddon Campaspe, Mallee and Grampians region
- Support DJAARA to deliver their climate change strategies
- Community engagement to build awareness of how to electrify homes and access renewable energy
- Offer a sustainable design advisory service
- Work with lenders to help fund retrofitting initiatives
- Establish a program to support low income households with the energy transition, including providing financial support or no interest loans
- Establish a Home Energy Efficiency and Resilience Service that provides home energy assessments and supports residents to electrify and retrofit their home
- Bulk buy programs
- Support businesses to create and implement their own zero carbon action plans
- Bring together Bendigo’s big businesses to collaborate on large scale solar and power purchase agreements.
- Community Wealth Fund to receive and democratically allocate funds from partners and donors.
- Establish a policy that sets out Council and the community’s expectations for benefit sharing from renewable energy developments
- Collaborate with Powercor to help overcome constraints in the City’s electricity network
- Accelerate development of cycling lanes and infrastructure in the City
- Accelerate development of footpaths and traffic calming initiatives to make the City pedestrian friendly
- Advocate for a complete overhaul of the City’s bus services to get people to work and school effectively
- Advocate for a Bendigo metro rail commuter service an hour each side and inside Greater Bendigo
- Develop a policy that establishes Council’s approach to electric vehicle charging infrastructure
- Investigate delivery of an electric vehicle bulk buy program for the community
- Fleet and logistics collaboration among organisations in Greater Bendigo
- Establish a Sustainable Transport Planner role at the City
- Continue and expand the Healthy Landscapes regenerative agriculture program
- Provide sustainable land management grants to farmers
- Work with Agriculture Victoria and others to support farmers to account for and reduce their emissions.
- Maintain Council’s Agribusiness Officer role
- Deliver a food waste reduction program targeting businesses including farms, retail and hospitality.
- Support and promote urban food production
- Work with partners to establish a local carbon offsetting program that enhances biodiversity
- Finalise and implement the Greater Bendigo Biodiversity Strategy
- Support local community waste reduction and reuse enterprises with small grants and in-kind assistance
- Establish a Circular Economy Hub to collect, sort and reprocess waste resources.
- Develop and implement a Waste Education Action Plan