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Resilience Retrofit

Home energy audit workshop


Visit a heritage award-winning West End cottage, extensively retrofitted for energy efficiency and thermal comfort. Accredited auditor Janey Barker will discuss her ‘Residential Efficiency Scorecard’ assessment of this inspiring project. Features include:

Attendance is limited to 20 people so please register by email to

Dear All

We hope this finds everyone well and winding down towards the holidays.

We wanted to say a big thank you again to all of you for your contributions to the (Even) Better Homes and Gardens project Community Reference Group. Your insights, reflections and connections to household interviewees fundamentally shaped the project direction and findings.

We are pleased to share the final report, titled Retrofitting for Resilience: Exploring how to enable home, garden and neighborhood upgrades for extreme weather in Mount Alexander Shire. This is available for download on the project page on the CVGA website:

As many of you know, we have started to share the findings of this project through various channels, including:

  • My Home Network Community Forum
  • CVGA Board (Councilors/Directors) and Working Group (Officers)
  • VCOSS 1 Million Homes Alliance (VCOSS, Renew, EEC, ClimateWorks, Better Renting etc)
  • Wararack Networking Event
  • Regional Integrated Municipal Emergency Management Committee
  • Resilience Roundtable convened by University of Melbourne

The work has received positive feedback and prompted a number of conversations about potential follow-up activities. As a start, we are finalising the household guide that was developed as part of the project, and will plan to publish this early in the new year. We are grateful for funding from Mt Alexander and Campaspe shire councils and Bendigo Health for this purpose. We will convene a conversation about how to best disseminate and support uptake of this resource once the document is out in the public.

In the meantime, we wish you all the best for a balance of festive and restful time over the holiday season!

Alison, Amy & Annika