Innovation and Sustainability Projects

Committee for Ballarat projects

Innovation and Sustainability Projects

Innovative solutions to environmental challenges will encourage sustainable growth to support economic and social wellbeing across our region.

Objectives

Promoting sustainable development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the liveability of future generations
Ensure there is liveability for future generations (healthy community; containing urban sprawl).

Working with key partners to promote innovation across all sectors and to position Ballarat as a leader in technologies, innovation and creativity
Innovation is important to Ballarat’s future; being seen as a leader will attract like businesses to the area and encourage new residents.

Positioning Ballarat as a centre of excellence in the sustainable energy/renewable energy sector
A vibrant renewable energy sector is key to attracting additional investment (including jobs) into the region.

Leading Committee members' application of sustainable business practices
Adoption of these practices will provide economic and social benefits to our members, and flow through to the broader community.

Progress

The initial work of the project group has focused on information gathering with briefings from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on sustainability and from Regional Development Victoria on government policy and support for innovation.

A detailed goal achievement plan to deliver on its objectives has also been produced.

TAKE 2 Pledge

Committee for Ballarat has signed up as a foundation member of the state government’s TAKE 2 pledge program, which is an initiative to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Committee for Ballarat has also encouraged its members to sign up.
• A local stakeholder group has been formed comprising Committee for Ballarat, Regional Development Victoria, Federation University Australia, City of Ballarat and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to discuss how we best position our region to attract renewable energy projects and jobs.

Renewable Energy Training Centre and Projects

Committee is supporting Federation University Australia to establish a training centre that will provide courses for  technicians to equip themselves with the necessary skills to work in in the rapidly expanding renewable energy sector. It is expected that the centre will begin operation in March 2018.

A local stakeholder group has also been formed comprising Committee for Ballarat, Regional Development Victoria, Federation University Australia, City of Ballarat and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to discuss how we best position our region to attract renewable energy projects and jobs.

Sustainability Victoria

Discussions have been held with CfB members regarding the current high costs of energy due to the volatility of the energy market and the procurement mechanisms available through Sustainability Victoria for businesses to reduce their energy costs.

Project Team's Focus

The project team is focused on attracting significant investment from the renewable energy sector into the region, preparing material to showcase Ballarat's innovative manufacturing sector and advocating strongly for the renewable energy training centre, which will link skills development with jobs.

Project Team

Chair: David Matthey (McCain Foods Aust Pty Ltd)

Team members: Tony Chew (Community Member), Steve Griffin (JB Cameron), Jeff Haydon (Central Highlands Water), Craig Hurley (Federation University Australia), David Matthey (McCain Foods), Don Robinson (Harwood Andrews Lawyers) David Sanders (Smart Options), Peter Tadgell (TGM), Janet Dore (Chair, Committee for Ballarat), Melanie Robertson (CEO, Committee for Ballarat), Gayle Adams (Committee for Ballarat Secretariat)