Wind power SHARE'd

SHARE's Kerry Carman and Hanne Clermont receive a community grant cheque from Hepburn Wind.
SHARE's Kerry Carman and Hanne Clermont receive a community grant cheque from Hepburn Wind.

Sustainability group SHARE is one of 10 organisations across the Hepburn and Moorabool shires sharing in $17,000 from the second round of Hepburn Wind's Community Fund.

SHARE has been successful in securing $5000 for its renewable energy pilot education project to be delivered at three local primary schools.

SHARE director Hanne Claremont said the organisation was excited to receive the grant.

"We feel there is just so much that can be done through education and are looking forward to collaborating with local schools on this project," she said.

The program will tie in with next year's introduction of the national Sustainability Curriculum Framework.

The pilot program will create resources such as an online 'wiki' and will develop learning opportunities for students to engage with regional environmental issues.

The program will be developed by educator Kerry Carmen.

"We look forward to putting our local students on the front foot, engaging in local issues and learning about sustainability, while supporting our teachers with accessible resources as the new national framework rolls out", Ms Carmen said.

Through the community fund, Hepburn Wind offers support to a wide range of community activities and groups.

The volunteer-led fund committee assessed 19 applications totalling almost $60,000 and chose 10 projects to be recipients of the second round of the fund:

Daylesford Girl Guides' Daylesford Guides Mentor Breakfast 2013 ($250);

Clunes and District Kindergarten irrigation for outdoor playscape area ($1000);

Moorabool Environment Group's MEG projector ($850);

Daylesford Secondary College's Cyber Solutions ($2000);

St Michael's School Parents' Association's Bush Tucker and Indigenous Garden ($2500);

SHARE's Sustainable Futures Renewable Energy pilot education program ($5000);

Creswick Brass Band's New Instrument Fund Low Brass ($1200);

Creswick Neighbourhood Centre's Growling Grass Frog and Friends Happy Habitat ($1700);

Daylesford and District Community Brass Band's new instrument fund ($1500); and

Hepburn Relocalisation Network's Workshops for Resilient Living ($1000);

Hepburn Wind's community officer Taryn Lane said the group looked forward to working with those who missed out and many other local organisations in the next round later this year.

"With Red Energy's help, the community fund is growing quickly," she said.

The Hepburn Wind Community Fund is supported by the Hepburn Wind project and receives contributions from Red Energy, the exclusive energy partner of the locally-controlled wind farm, the first of its type in Australia.