Learn more about the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap

By Simon Ruppert

Benalla's Sustainable Future Group is hosting an event to discuss the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap next week.

The Hume Region Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has completed a 12-month project exploring what our region’s renewable energy future might look like.

BSFG member John Lloyd said the Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap had engaged thousands of people from communities, business and government to hear their views and vision for this future.

"Thirty-three innovative events were held to build the capacity and skills of our communities, businesses and government to understand, shape and benefit from the transition to renewable energy," Mr Lloyd said.

"The roadmap identifies regional opportunities for renewable energy in Hume, which includes a coalition of community energy groups working to deliver localised energy generation and distribution for community benefit.

"Hume also has significant pumped hydro energy storage development potential as well as quality solar resources, which have been attracting investment interest.

"Bioenergy resources are also abundant in Hume with a number of biogas generators operating in the region."

Fiona Roberts, a member of the Hume roadmap project team and a program officer in Community and Partnerships, DELWP, based in Benalla, will be a guest speaker at the Benalla Sustainable Future Group meeting on Thursday, September 26.

Ms Roberts has previously worked in the Commonwealth government as a senior policy analyst on a variety of projects including ecological sustainable development and natural resource management for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

"The Hume Renewable Energy Roadmap report brings together what we heard and uncovered and tells our region’s renewable energy story – the past, the exciting things happening now and what the future might hold," Ms Roberts said.

Members of the public are invited, and encouraged, to come and hear about the Renewable Energy Roadmap and to learn about the possibilities for a renewable energy future for our region.

Renewable Energy Benalla will also make a short presentation about the role it could play in this future.

The event will be held in the Uniting Church meeting room on Carrier St on Thursday, September 26, from 7.30pm.

A light supper will be provided following the meeting.

For more information, phone 5765 2476.