Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance Project 2012-2014

Background

As part of the Goulburn Broken Sustainability Training Project the National Centre for Sustainability - University of Ballarat (now Federation University Australia) developed and delivered a customised training program to support local government leaders from the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance partner councils to transform the way they make decisions in an environment where it is increasingly difficult to create services and values with constrained resources.

There were a series of 3 workshops:

  • Stage 1 - Measuring and Managing Carbon in Local Government
  • Stage 2 - Leadership and Sustainable Decision Making
  • Stage 3 - Sustainability Council and You

Stage 1 - Measuring and Managing Carbon in Local Government

This series of workshops was delivered in late 2012 and early 2013 and comprised of the delivery of 6 x 1 day workshops which engaged council officers in activities to identify greenhouse gas emissions at their councils and to research strategies to reduce these emissions and costs.

Stage 2 - Leadership and Sustainable Decision Making

These workshops were for senior managers and councillors from the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance partner organisations and delivered to 147 participants from 8 participating councils (and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority) between July and October 2013.

The main objective of these workshops was to engage key Council decision makers in a broader conversation that took an holistic approach to each Council's economic, social and environmental priorities. The workshops aimed to increase participants' awareness of and capacity to use relevant and useful decision making criteria for the future and to increase the capacity of Council decision makers to make well founded sustainable decisions.

Stage 3 - Sustainability, Council and You

Stage 3 was open to all staff in each council and targeted to those who had limited knowledge about sustainability principles and practices and how they applied to their roles, as well as those who had some working knowledge but not necessarily the whole picture. There were 20 workshops delivered including the pilot with approximately 350 officers attending.

The main objective of the Sustainability, Council and You workshops was to ensure that all council staff had at least the foundation understanding of sustainability and how it applied to their role at council, so as to consolidate and build upon the gains made in the previous two workshops.

Case Studies

Benalla Rural City Council. Click here to read Case Study (pdf, 321kb).

Campaspe Shire Council. Click here to read Case Study (pdf, 248kb).

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority. Click here to read Case Study (pdf, 520kb).

Mitchell Shire Council. Click here to read Case Study (pdf, 471kb).

Moira Shire Council. Click here to read Case Study (pdf, 314kb).

Murrindindi Shire Council. Click here to read Case Study (pdf, 276kb).

Greater Shepparton City Council. Click here to read Case Study (pdf, 326kb).

Strathbogie Shire Council. Click here to read Case Study (pdf, 532kb).