We represent a partnership of 13 local governments working together to address climate change covering one third of regional Victoria.
Our diverse, open and sun-drenched region is uniquely placed to capture the solar, wind and other renewable energy initiatives (creating jobs and economic opportunities) and helping fuel our nation’s transition to a low carbon economy.
Formed in 2000, our experience in the renewable energy sector and established networks mean we’re able to navigate a range of channels to ensure our local government areas — and the communities that call them home — are best placed to take advantage of this historic change.
We achieve our goals by:
- ensuring member councillors and council officers are kept up-to-date with developments in the sector
- making written submissions in response to State and Federal government discussion (Green) and policy (White) papers
- identifying and sharing opportunities
- making funding submissions for renewable energy and other relevant sustainability initiatives
Given the vast geographical area we cover, we play a critical role in reducing the tyranny of distance, both between our member councils and the places (most obviously Melbourne and Canberra) where policy and decisions are made.
Our ‘telegraph’ and in-person role has repeatedly proved its worth in a range of scenarios and project decision points.
Working with other alliances
We often work in tandem with the nine other Greenhouse alliances spread across Victoria.
Together, we cover most of the State and working closely together, we ensure that the 75 councils we collectively represent are strategically positioned to make the most of change.
In 2006, the Greenhouse Alliance model was analysed by the CSIRO as part of the Victorian State Government’s review of the Regional Partnerships Program. The findings were clear:
“… the Alliances [have] provided a very cost-effective vehicle for encouraging coordinated action at the regional level and contributed significantly to raised awareness, improved knowledge and coordinated action.”
Victorian Renewable Energy Roadmap – in partnership with the Goulbourne Broken Greenhouse Alliance