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Climate change hearings in Shepparton

By Geoff Adams

The parliamentary inquiry into tackling climate change in Victorian communities continues next week with public hearings and site visits in Shepparton and Wangaratta on Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13..

The Legislative Assembly’s Environment and Planning Committee will meet with local councils, sustainability groups and community organisations to discuss regional responses to climate change and what the government can do to help communities take action.

Committee chairman, darren Cheeseman said they knew regional communities are often highly innovative and active when it comes to sustainability, waste management and recycling, agroforestry and renewable energy projects.

“We want to hear from members of the Shepparton and Wangaratta communities, learn more about what they’re doing to mitigate climate change and understand how the government can support them,” Mr Cheeseman said.

The Shepparton hearing will be held on February 12 at the Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre, 23 Alexandra Street, Mooroopna from 10:30 am to 1:15 pm. The Committee will then visit the Violet Town Community Forest and meet with local sustainability groups at the Violet Town Community Complex.

The Wangaratta hearing will be held on February 13 is at Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, GoTafe and Charles Sturt University, 218 Tone Road, Wangaratta from 9:30 am to 12:15 pm. A site visit with Totally Renewable Yackandandah to discuss the group’s community energy projects will follow.

Appearing before the Committee in Shepparton will be several local councils, the North East Region Sustainability Alliance (NERSA) and Benalla Sustainable Future Group.

The Wangaratta hearing will include several local councils, Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance and Wodonga and Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH).

The schedule for the hearings is available on the Committee’s website.