Every day is a day to protect our environment

Published on 04 June 2021

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This World Environment Day, Saturday 5 June, we’re highlighting some of the initiatives in our city that help protect our environment everyday. 

While we couldn’t go ahead with all the events and activities we’d planned this year, there are still projects and events that you can get involved in right now: 

Hume Solar Rollout

The Hume Solar Rollout makes it easier for residents to take advantage of rebates and loans (each of up to offered by the Victorian Government’s Solar Home’s program. Generating your own renewable energy from solar panels can save a typical household up to $890 a year on electricity bills reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.You can join for our Hume Solar Rollout information session this Tuesday 8 June from 6.15pm. 

Gardens for Wildlife

The Garden’s for Wildlife program is a new initiative that aims to support residents to create wildlife-friendly gardens. The program will officially launch on Saturday 17 July (rescheduled from this Saturday) with their Blossoming Bees and Butterflies event, but you can already register for Gardens for Wildlife workshop series’ in Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury.

Environmental Scholarships

Environmental scholarships support those who live, work or volunteer in Hume to create positive environmental change by providing financial assistance towards environmental education. These scholarships can be applied for all year round.

Greening events

You can get involved in revegetation and greening projects across Hume City! You can book your spot for our scheduled events, which include:

 

What else does Council to do protect our local environment?

Have a look at the tabs below for more information about Hume City Council’s ongoing sustainability and environmental initiatives.

GreenPower

GreenPower is a government-managed scheme that enables Australian households and businesses to displace their electricity usage with certified renewable energy, which is added to the grid on their behalf.

Council buildings and street lights were all switched 100 per cent GreenPower-accredited renewable energy on 1 July 2020, while larger buildings including our leisure centres and Hume Global Learning Centres will switch on 1 July 2021.

This means we’ll save more than 17,500 tonnes (carbon dioxide equivalent) of greenhouse gas emissions.

Hume residents and businesses can switch to renewable energy by choosing to buy GreenPower, available through most electricity retailers.

 

Sustainable roads

From May 2018 to April 2021, Council surfaced 111 roads across Hume utilising 23,744 tonnes of Reconophalt: the first road surfacing material in Australia containing high recycled content derived from waste streams, such as soft plastics, glass and toner.

By using Reconophalt Hume City Council has saved 126 tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent to 52 cars off the road for one year. We have also diverted the equivalent of 21,000 plastic bags, 617 printer cartridges and 5,229 tonnes of recycled asphalt from landfill.

Hume Enviro Champions

Hume Enviro Champions is an annual program open to anyone who lives or works in Hume City. Participants undertake 10 weeks for training designed to help them bring an environmental project to life. Past Enviro Champions have cleaned up and rejuvenated parklands, started seed libraries and created community gardens. 

Sustainability taskforce

The Sustainability Taskforce is Council's community environmental advisory committee and a forum for community members to have input into the design and delivery of Council’s environmental strategies and programs.

Sustainability and schools

 We partner with schools across Hume City every year to offer free educational incursions such as biodiversity audits of school grounds or, for high schools, education about environmental legislation.

We also help provide excursions that see students exploring local conservation reserves and waterways (creeks, rivers and wetlands).

Students engage with citizen science projects and are encouraged to think about how we can help protect our environment.

This is linked to the Seedlings for Schools program. Biodiversity audits help identify how schools could improve their grounds to support local wildlife and have access to seedlings through this program. We donate around 5,000 seedlings to local schools every year. 

Conservation and land management

Hume City has 80 conservation reserves equating to 691.93 hectares of land! The reserves help preserve natural features such as grasslands, grassy woodlands, rocky escarpments and riparian zones (along creek lines), which feature plants that may be locally significant, threatened or endangered. These natural areas also provide habitat and a food source for many native animals.

Council supports rural landholders to manage their land sustainably through the Rural Engagement Program. This includes activities such as controlling noxious weeds and pests on properties, protecting and enhancing native vegetation and creeks, and supporting agricultural land uses such as running a viable agribusiness or hobby-farm.

 

 

 

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