CATHY McGowan (MHR, Indi) in December will initiate work to develop an Indi-wide electorate strategy to replicate the model by which Yackandandah aims to generate all community energy needs from renewable sources by 2022.
Ms McGowan took the opportunity at a cheque presentation from Totally Renewable Yackandandah to the town’s football and netball club on Friday to tell the community that two weeks before Christmas she would bring together people to plan next year’s roll-out of a discussion to spark what she describes as ‘Totally Renewable Indi’.
“I want to involve the people who can help us to pick up this (Yackandandah) model and roll it out in all of our communities,” she told community representatives attending a reception to welcome Australian Broadcasting Corporation executives to Yackandandah.
“It’s very exciting work.”
Totally Renewable Yackandandah co-presidents Matt Charles-Jones and Matt Grogan had earlier announced a $10,000 perpetual energy fund interest-free loan to the Yackandandah Kangaroos.
It will be used to help the club to fund ways to reduce energy costs at the Yackandandah sporting complex.
The savings it will make on its energy bills from lighting upgrades and other energy-saving improvements will be paid back into TRY’s perpetual energy fund so that the process can be repeated for other community organisations.
TRY earlier this year advanced $5000 to Yackandandah Health for the same purpose, enabling it to commission a 90 kilowatt solar panel energy-generation system that is expected to save the service up to $1 million across the next 25 years.
The investment will also lead to a reduction in service greenhouse gas emissions of 115 tonnes per year – the equivalent of taking 23 cars permanently from the road.
“This is imagination on display,” Mr Charles-Jones said.
TRY has secured a partnership with Ausnet Services and North East Water to help create a sustainable model by which the community’s ambitions can be brought to reality.
The capital in the perpetual energy fund has been raised across the community from donations.
Mr Grogan said the fund remained open to receive more capital.
“We can always do with a bigger bucket,” he said.