Connecting and Collaborating
A large component of what the Gippsland Climate Change Network does is focused on connecting and collaborating with local communities, businesses, and government organisations around climate change awareness and solutions. Engage Gippsand is a platform for some of our ongoing partnerships that work in this space
We aim to:
- Generate conversations and opportunities
- Inform Gippsland about local climate change challenges and opportunities
- Be a positive voice that inspires solution-based outcomes
- Connect, engage and bring together a diversity of stakeholders
- Support other groups to come together to take action
Renewable Energy Demonstration Trailer
The Renewable Energy Demonstration Trailer (RED Trailer) has been a much-loved and important educational tool since 2012. The RED Trailer with the support of AGL has been totally referbished with up-to-date technology.
The RED Trailer can be booked to attend schools, community events, and local council activities and the program can be tailored to the needs of the audience.
Single-Use Plastic Ban Business Engagement Program
GCCN was awarded a contract with Sustainability Victoria to deliver the Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Ban Business Engagement Program in Gippsland.
The program involved face to face engagement with over 500 small to medium sized food serving businesses across Gippsland. Our team were there to inform and gather data to assist with the smooth deployment of the Victorian Governments SUP ban that was brought in on 1 Feb 2023.
The Small Business Energy Saver
In 2021 GCCN was awarded a Sustainability Victoria contract to engage with Gippsland small businesses to inform them of the opportunities and savings provided to them by the Small Business Energy Saver Program. Despite the Covid restrictions our team was able to make 450 Business engagements.
Across the state, more than 5,000 businesses who participated in the Small Business Energy Saver program since March 2021 have reduced their annual energy bills by more than $2.9 million. The program has also saved 10,520t CO2e annually or 169,000t CO2e over the lifetime of the products.
Communities Leading Change
Communities Leading Change is a collective of people connected to Latrobe Valley and surrounding areas, who believe the region can transition to a zero emissions economy for a prosperous, thriving, connected and fair community. The best chance for this to happen is to build upon the efforts of other local groups, and to bring people from across all sectors of our community together to lead this change.
Hosted by Federation University Australia and auspiced under the Gippsland Climate Change Network, this group is made up of representatives from education, local governance, sustainability and community action groups. They aim to find ways to implement the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals in Gippsland.
Here Comes the Future Youth Summit
As climate change education is not often understood, taught, or supported in schools, the summit gave students the opportunity to learn, share ideas and develop climate action place alongside peers and engage with older community representatives.
The first summit was held at Federation University (Gippsland campus) in June 2022 and the second at the Nakunbalook cultural and education centre in Sale in November 2022, partnered with GCCN and Wellington Shire. DELWP provided the funding for the broader program.