EarthChat 1st January 2021

The big issues for 2021

On EarthChat’s radio program on 1st January, 2021, BEAM committee members talked about their hopes for the coming year including innovative initiatives in the region whose outcomes they look forward to watching develop and grow. The organisations mentioned, plus reference material, is posted so listeners can follow up for further information.

Green Waste

The Back to Earth Initiative is run by the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) in partnership with 27 councils across Victoria and industry with support from Sustainability Victoria and the regional waste and resource recovery groups. The Back to Earth Initiative shows us that what we put into our green bins can become a useful resource to nourish gardens and farms.

Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual

Organic waste represents a significant proportion of Australia’s waste and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. One objective of the National Waste Policy: Less waste, more resources is to enhance biodegradable (organic) resource recovery and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. To support this objective, the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities commissioned the Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual.

The Australia Institute’s partner Future of Work

The 2020 Year-End Labour Market Review:  this review of the dramatic changes in Australia’s labour market in 2020 has confirmed that the worst economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic were felt by Australians in relatively low-paid, insecure jobs.

Helen Haines’ – independent from INDI – Community Energy Plan

Community energy is where a community develops, delivers and benefits from an energy project such as a solar installation or wind farm, a battery or an energy efficiency upgrade. Already there are around 101 community energy projects across the country, where everyday Australians are coming together to take control of their own energy future.

Hepburn Renewable Energy Association’s community wind farm

Hepburn Wind is the owner and operator of Australia’s first community-owned wind farm, at Leonards Hill, about 100km north-west of Melbourne, just south of Daylesford Victoria. The 4.1 MW wind farm hosts two turbines called Gale and Gusto, who produce enough clean energy for over 2000 homes. Other sustainable projects are in the pipeline, e.g. community owned and run solar farm.


Clare to add information about the areas she spoke about.


And one that we didn’t have time to mention is:

The Climate Council’s CLEAN JOBS PLAN

This Clean Jobs Plan provides a whole-of-economy solution. It identifies 12 major policy opportunities to immediately kick-start economic growth. Collectively, these opportunities represent 76,000 jobs. Job creation would start immediately and over a three-year period. These 76,000 new jobs for Australians can help rebuild our economy now and tackle climate change.