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Climate Variability

Our climate is noticeably changing. Since the 1950s, the region has experienced a warming of 0.1 degrees Celsius per decade and an overall increase of temperatures within the range of two to six degrees Celcius is forecast by 2070. As a result, we can expect an increase in the number of summer days above 35 degrees Celcius, a reduction in frost days, more frequent and longer droughts, drier soils and increased bushfire risk.

Annual precipitation is expected to decrease, with fewer rainy days, but extreme heavy rainfall events will become more intense. The alpine areas can expect the number of days with snow fall to decrease dramatically. These changes also have the potential to impact other major sectors, including agriculture, water, biodiversity, forests and community health.

Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance

The Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance is a newly developed program that works to incorporate councils and groups in our region in an effort to reduce greenhouse emissions and adapt to climate change. The group is lead by ResourceGV, the Goulburn Valley Regional Waste Management Group and involves the Moira, Campaspe, Mitchell and Strathbogie shires and the Greater Shepparton City Council.

North East Greenhouse Alliance

As part of Moira Shire Council’s commitment to greenhouse abatement, it has joined the North East Greenhouse Alliance (NEGHA). Established in late 2005, NEGHA is operated by a steering committee currently comprising Moira Shire Council, Alpine Shire Council, Indigo Shire Council, City of Wodonga, Towong Shire Council, Benalla Rural City, the Rural City of Wangaratta, the North East Catchment Management Authority and La Trobe University. North East Water and the regional Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) office are also partners and associate members of the Alliance, respectively.

NEGHA was established to provide a framework for local stakeholders to work together in a variety of greenhouse project areas, including:

  • Carbon sinks;
  • community energy efficiency;
  • street lighting efficiency;
  • climate change adaptation strategies;
  • renewable energies; and
  • alternate fuels and vehicles. 

Working groups made up from councils, other government and non-government agencies and business, industry and community groups work together to achieve project goals and reduce greenhouse emissions in our region.

What's been planned for the future?

  • Continue to implement the Moira Shire Greenhouse Action Plan.
  • Work with local residents and industries to reduce emissions across the Shire.
  • Work with neighbouring councils via the NEGHA to reduce emissions on a regional scale.

These activities will provide environmental, social and economic benefits for the Moira Shire, by reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas. By pursuing these programs council recognises the importance of 'leading by example'.

How to be a part of the solution?

At home

  • Switch off appliances and lights that are not being used.
  • Turn off water heaters before going on lengthy holidays.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water and then dry them on a clothes line.
  • Wear warmer clothes in winter instead of turning up the heater.
  • Keep doors closed to trap the heat inside the home.
  • Buy energy efficient appliances or invest in Green Power.
  • Enable 'power saving' option on computers and turn them off when you go home.
  • Turn off lights and equipment not being used.
  • Where possible, ride to work, catch public transport or car pool with a colleague.
  • Minimise car use.
  • A well serviced car uses less fuel. See RACV's reducing your environmental impact information.
  • Consult the Green Vehicle Guide when purchasing your next vehicle - www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au.

In the office

  • Enable 'power saving' option on computers and turn them off when you go home.
  • Turn off lights and equipment not being used.
  • Where possible, ride to work, catch public transport or car pool with a colleague.

On the road

  • Minimise car use.
  • A well serviced car uses less fuel.
  • Consult the Green Vehicle Guide when purchasing your next vehicle - www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au.

Climate Change and Information on More Sustainable Living

For more information on the NEGHA or any of the projects listed above please contact the Moira Shire Council Sustainability Awareness Officer. You can also check out the NEGHA website at www.negha.org.au.

The following are links to websites that can help you reduce your energy use and live more sustainably:

  • www.sustainability.vic.gov.au - if you want more information about reducing your energy use and living more sustainability.  Links to programs and grants for homes and businesses to get involved with; and
  • www.climatechange.gov.au - for more information on climate change and what is happening at a national level.
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