Applications Open for Carbon Offset Program

Published on 03 September 2019

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Community members wanting to plant trees in Moyne Shire are encouraged to apply for Council’s Community Carbon Offset Program. The Program offers grants of up to $1,500 and is aimed at offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions of Council’s fleet vehicles.

The Program is open to any tree planting project being conducted on public land, as well as any private land affected by the 2018 Gazette/Garvoc bushfires.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Mick Wolfe said Council allocates an annual budget to the Program based on the number of trees needed to offset the greenhouse gas emissions from Council’s vehicles. 

“There is a total of $10,000 worth of grants available in this year’s Council-Community Carbon Offset Program (CCCOP), to provide applicants the minimum of 3,781 trees needed to offset Council’s vehicle emissions,” Cr Wolfe said.

“Following a Council resolution in 2018, this year’s Program has been brought forward by six months to provide time for the nursery to grow seedlings. This will help recipients to obtain their choice of plants.”

The previous CCCOP was allocated at Council’s Ordinary meeting in May 2019, where nine applications were successful.

“Funding was given to individuals and groups across the Shire resulting in the planting of more than 3,500 trees.

“We’re hoping to build on that figure this round and encourage the community to get their applications in.”

For more information, including the application form, visit  http://www.moyne.vic.gov.au/Our-Community/Environment/Community-Carbon-Offset-Program. Applications close 4 October 2019.