Gippsland’s potential to build new sustainable industries

18 April 2018

People looking at broken pallets at a recycling facility

Sustainability Victoria’s board and senior executives are in Gippsland today to look at local projects and meet stakeholders.

Sustainability Victoria Chair, Heather Campbell said regional visits and board meetings were an important way to connect with businesses and community organisations.

“For me it’s an opportunity to look at some of the great work going on in regional areas and to get people’s ideas about longer-term opportunities.”

“A lot of people believe sustainability is hard and expensive, but our grants programs help businesses to significantly reduce gas, electricity and waste disposal costs and deliver a fast return on investment.”

“The Latrobe region (City of Latrobe and Wellington and Baw Baw Shires) is, with Ballarat and Bendigo, home to the Community Energy Hubs pilot program which is working toward increasing community-wide energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy.

“Community-owned and operated renewable energy projects like these will allow communities to harness skills and expertise and deliver real results at a local level,” Ms Campbell said.

CEO Stan Krpan said the visit would include speaking to regional stakeholders about what mattered to them.

“One of the big issues now is how we can continue home-based recycling in the short term, and expand it in the medium and long-term so we reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

“We need Gippsland homes and businesses to keep recycling, and buy products with recycled content.”

“The opportunities are real. Sustainability Victoria has sponsored research to use waste glass and plastic in roads, and footpaths and a range of manufactured goods.”

“There are opportunities to develop waste to energy systems to convert food and other waste into electricity and the potential to develop large scale recycling operations for a wider range of products than those collected now.”

“With its skilled technical workforce, availability of land and good transport connections to other parts of the state, Gippsland has many opportunities to help us build a more sustainable future. Future,” Mr Krpan said.

“Victoria is in the early stage of developing a circular economy where we use less and capture waste materials so they can be used in new products much more than we have in the past.”

“The current challenges to our recycling efforts at a domestic level is a wakeup call, but the good news is that Victoria already has an established recycling sector for plastic, paper and cardboard steel, aluminium, and glass.”

“There are many ways in which this industry can grow, create jobs and economic activity” Mr Krpan said.

About Sustainability Victoria

Established under the Sustainability Victoria Act 2005, Sustainability Victoria is a statutory authority that facilitates and promotes environmental sustainability in the use of resources.

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