Hepburn Shire’s bold plan to be the first zero-net emitting council in Australia has scored the Premier’s Sustainability Award in the 2019 Community Category.

Working with Renew, a not-for-profit in sustainability for over 35 years, Hepburn Shire has developed a best practice model to reach their goal of zero-net emissions by 2030.

Mary-Anne Thomas MP said the Hepburn Z-NET Emission Transitions project demonstrates how Victoria is home not only to leading international sustainability thinkers, but also to local community members committed to working at a grassroots level to address climate change.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, congratulated all winners and finalists across each of the awards’ eleven categories, saying ‘It’s inspiring to see such passionate and inspirational people, dedicated to delivering social, economic and environmental benefits for Victoria.”

For more information on this year’s finalists and winners, visit www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au

 Quotes attributable to Mary-Anne Thomas MP

“In partnership with Hepburn Shire Council, Renew has created an open source blueprint for use by other councils and communities wanting to reduce their carbon emissions.”

“Everyone involved with Z-NET should be incredibly proud of this achievement, including Hepburn and Daylesford locals who are working hard to achieve zero-net emissions by 2030.”