Council’s Roadside Weed Control Program (protecting our environment)
Council provides an on-going roadside weed control program. Council’s priorities are:
• To protect significant roadside vegetation under threat from weed invasion.
• To undertake follow up control of weeds at previously treated sites.
• To support on-going community groups projects.
• To control new and emerging weed species to the municipality, and to control new outbreaks of high threat weed species.
Lighting the Regions - Changing Street Lights
Lighting the Regions is the biggest street light partnership ever undertaken in Australia. The project involves changing 23,000 street lights to more energy efficient LED technology across the entire central, north central, west and north western region of Victoria. This will save $57 million in power and maintenance costs and reduce street lighting greenhouse gas emissions by 180,000 tonnes. Within Mount Alexander Shire 885 street lights will be changes to low energy technology by September 2015.
Solar on Council buildings (action on climate change / living sustainably)
Council owns many buildings that are either already fitted with solar systems, will be fitted soon, or are suitable for future installations. The installation of solar systems is a component of a holistic effort to reduce electricity costs, improve energy efficiency, and optimise the onsite use of any solar electricity produced.
Interested members of the community can monitor the amount of solar energy produced by Council online by zooming in on the map to Castlemaine at enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public_systems
Community Grants Scheme for Sustainability and Environment Projects
Each year Mount Alexander Shire Council allocates funding to support a range of local community-based projects and initiatives through the Strengthening Our Community Grants Scheme. There is a specific stream of funding in this program for projects that relate to sustainability and the natural environment.
Read more about our community grants.
Trust for Nature Rebate
Council values native vegetation on private land. To support landholders to protect and enhance remnant vegetation, Council offers rate relief for land permanently protected under covenant.