Monthly Archives: June 2018

Mitchell Community Energy Survey

Mitchell Community Energy (MCE) is undertaking a survey to gauge the interest of the community in making investments in Community Energy projects.

Please read the information below and email your responses to the survey to Jeff Wilmot, Secretary of MCE.  If you would like more information, please contact Jeff.  Your response will be treated confidentially.

MCE has made a submission to Mitchell Shire Council to obtain the funds from the community to loan to Council to install 99 kW of solar panels on the roof of the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre at a cost of about $120,000.  Council has, not unreasonably, come back with: “Council wishes to confirm the likelihood of MCE being able to fund the initial $120,000 and the time frames around this.”

The group aims to involve local people.  MCE has been proceeding on the basis that similar projects in other communities are being successfully subscribed within days, or even hours.   Jeff Wilmot has spoken to many individuals and groups around Seymour about the concept, and there has been keen interest and support.  MCE now needs to put this to the test.  So, MCE is writing to people who have shown interest in the concept of community financing of renewable energy and energy conservation in the Mitchell Shire.

The investment will be subject to appropriate financial regulation and oversight.  To manage the finances of projects, “Special Purpose Vehicles” will have to be set up.  This will probably be in the form of a co-operative, which can have an unlimited number of members and can promote an unlimited number of projects.  The investment that can be made by each member in any project can vary from whatever minimum is decided, say $500, to a maximum of 20% of the project value, which in the case of the SSAC would be $24,000.

Although MCE can’t promise high rates of return, they do commit to providing a better return than current bank rates.

This is a survey aims to get a sense of what interest is out there in investing for a sustainable future.  It will not be taken as a commitment at this stage.  please note that your response will be treated confidentially.

Could you please let us know whether you would be prepared to invest in a community energy project at the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre, and if possible give us some indication of what amount that might be.

  • A  $500 – $2000
  • B  $2000-$6000
  • C  Above $6000
  • D  Specific amount

Regards to all,

Jeff Wilmot

Gardens for Wildlife

Join APS Mitchell group for the launch of the Gardens for Wildlife scheme in Mitchell shire.

The Gardens for Wildlife program helps people to make their gardens wildlife friendly.

No matter how big or small your garden is you can make a contribution in providing habitat for native birds and animals. Your garden can provide an important stepping stone for birds and other animals to move around the landscape.

The membership fee of $20 covers a Sustainable Gardening booklet, a “Gardens for Wildlife” sign for your letterbox, a selection of native plants from a local nursery and a 10% discount at ‘Gardens for Wildlife’ talks and workshops along with the opportunity, to share your garden through our “Gardens for Wildlife” website page. More information can be found at and

The launch takes place on Saturday June 23rd  at 1PM in the John Taylor Room – Kilmore Library, Sydney Street Kilmore.  The Guest Speaker is Louise Costa on the topic of Landscape Design. Continue reading