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Our Mission

β€œTo forward the objective of 100% renewable energy use in Mount Alexander Shire and inspire and encourage community focus by telling the stories of projects in our towns and surrounds.” 

We acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung people, the traditional custodians of the land upon which we gather and we pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.

Whole of Home Resilience Project

Free energy efficiency assessments (150 households)

Castlemaine Institute and the Resilient Building Council are offering free energy efficiency and resilience home assessments to 150 households in Mount Alexander Shire. These assessments provide professional recommendations to enhance year-round comfort, reduce energy bills, and manage risks from natural hazards such as bushfires, floods, storms, and extreme heat.

We invite applications from a range of house types – old and new, weatherboard, brick, brick veneer. We know communities are stronger when they work together and encourage you to get your neighbourhood involved.

The data collected will inform strategies to improve the resilience and energy efficiency of homes throughout the region. This will inform a cost benefit business case to support future policy and investment in whole of home retrofits.

Find out more and register your interest on Shape Mount Alexander before 31 July 2024

Assessments will take place between August and December 2024

The project is co-delivered by the Castlemaine Institute and Resilient Building Council, in partnership with Mount Alexander Shire Council and the Victorian government Department of Energy Environment and Climate Action, with support from Emergency Recovery Victoria. The project is made possible by funding provided by the Australian Government in partnership with the States and Territories under the National Partnership Agreement for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Resilience Project Media Release from Mount Alexander Shire Council

Phil at The Mill in Castlemaine tells the story of The Mill’s transformation to
100% clean energy

Dr Louisa Hope from the Mostyn St Medical Clinic in Castlemaine describes how moving to 100% clean energy saved time & money and made everything safer & more efficient

Castlemaine Secondary College students, well known for their outstanding climate action campaigns, used this video to win solar panels for their school! Read what they are up to now as they argue for a lowering of the voting age so they can have an even louder voice.
More information on the Great Schools page

Nioka Mellick, student at Castlemaine Secondary College

Totally Renewable Yackandandah

Totally Renewable Yackandandah gathers in the narrow wooded valley alongside the Yackandandah and Commissioners Creeks.

Electrify 2515

Grassroots plan to ‘electrify’ northern Wollongong suburb promoted as Australian-first

A pilot program to “electrify” households on the northern beaches of Wollongong could be a world first and act as a proving ground to save billions in future energy costs while radically reducing household emissions.


This project is supported by the Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Community Grants Program

photography: Craig Gaston & Kate Meade, Eve Lamb Midland Express
website: Fran Gleeson, Simon Veitch
poster: OK Maude

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– David Attenborough

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