21 December, 2023

Cash for carbon offset

MORE than 8000 new trees will be planted across Moyne Shire thanks to the latest round of Council's Community Carbon Offset Program.

By wd-news

On Tuesday, Councillors approved more than $23,000 in grants to assist with planting of trees on public and private land.

Mayor Cr Ian Smith said the program has been running since 2010 as a way to offset emissions from Council’s light fleet.

“We started the program in 2010 and once these trees are in the ground – more than 68,000 new trees have been planted in every corner of the shire.

“That equates to approximately 13,700 tonne of non-verified carbon offsets over the seedlings lifespan.

“These new plantings will provide a further 1,600 tonne of non-verified carbon offset, taking the programs grant total to over 76,000 tonnes.”

Cr Smith said it was a practical way to offset carbon emissions, while providing other benefits.

“I’ve visited a farm in Nirranda where they used their grant allocation to create shelter belts which provide protection from the weather for stock – but also important native habitat and food sources for birds and other wildlife,” he said.

“It’s a really simple program that delivers big benefits across a range of areas – I’m pleased to be able to award these grants and look forward to seeing projects come to life.”


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