I am very pleased and excited to be taking on the position of Executive Officer with the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance.
For the past three years I have worked for the Victorian Greenhouse Alliances – the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA) and the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA). In these roles I have worked with CVGA on many joint advocacy initiatives, projects and information sharing.
I strongly believe in the important role of our Greenhouse Alliances in regional climate change action. I am keen to develop stronger regional partnerships and maximize the opportunities and benefits for all members and their respective communities.
The alliance model in Australia is unique and offers enormous opportunities for scaling up projects, accessing larger pools of funding and having stronger joint advocacy. Councils working together create a great and powerful platform for information sharing and capacity building.
The CVGA already has a fantastic legacy of projects, advocacy and information sharing, built up over more than 16 years and I look forward to building on this strength. Progressing the Waste to Energy project, and continuing the roll out of the Solar Savers program in partnership with the other greenhouse alliances are just two of our key initiatives for the coming year.
I am also interested in helping CVGA councils realise the immediate opportunities that exist for procuring and investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and climate change adaptation.
The CVGA would not be where it is today without former EO Sonny Neale who has done fantastic work over the past five years. We will miss his passion, enthusiasm and vision and we wish him well with his future endeavours.
On a personal note, as a resident of central Victoria, I am inspired to work for an organization that has a vision for a better future. I am personally motivated to ensure that this great part of Victoria can be a world-leading, low carbon and climate resilient region.