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Scott Kinnear (organic & sustainable food activist / business owner) at Melbourne Sustainability Drinks

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 31st, 2012

6 June , 2012
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Director of the recently established Safe Food Foundation & Institute, Scott Kinnear is passionate about nurturing sustainable change through reducing the impacts of food production on social systems, economies, health and the environment.

Scott was the former and founding Chair of the Organic Federation of Australia, former director of Biological Farmers of Australia, former Chair of the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) and was a founding director of Hepburn Wind.

Scott originally trained in Agricultural Science and for the last twenty years has been heavily active in the organic food movement. Scott founded and runs Organic Wholefoods, which has two stores in Melbourne.

June 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Slate Bar & Restaurant
Mezzanine, 9 Goldsbrough Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000

>>Go to the website to RSVP

Speak up for wind energy! Submissions close at 5pm today.

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on February 10th, 2011

Photo: Hepburn Wind Turbine 1 Embed, January 28 2011

Australia’s clean energy future is being questioned by the Federal Senate’s inquiry into the ‘Social and economic impact of rural wind farms‘. Without a strong display of community support, it is possible that we won’t see any more projects like the Hepburn Community Wind Farm built in Australia. We have made it easy for you to make a submission. Simply fill out the form on our response page, editing the message to your liking, and an emailed submission will be sent to the Senate.
Submissions must be sent by 5pm on 10 February 2011. Full information about the enquiry is available on the Senate’s website –

Visit the Hepburn Wind Blog to respond:

Hepburn Wind at Melbourne Sustainability Drinks

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 26th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Melbourne Sustainability Drinks: The first Wednesday of every month

Speaker: Simon Holmes á Court from Hepburn Wind will talk about Australia’s first community owned wind farm.

All are welcome who are passionate about sustainability

Federation Square, Tjanabi restaurant (In the atrium, Flinders St side)
Wed 2 June 6pm

Please RSVP:
Buy own drinks

Hepburn Wind Farm: Construction Contract Signed

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on May 8th, 2010

Source: Greenleap

From Green Light for Hepburn Wind, 28 April

Australia’s first community-owned wind farm has moved from a dream to a certainty this week with the signing of the major contract for the construction of the wind farm and the release of the final share offer.  The announcements were enthusiastically received by the members of Hepburn Wind who packed into the Daylesford Town Hall for Hepburn Wind’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday evening.  “Hepburn Wind today signed the final contracts with REpower Systems to build Australia’s first community owned wind farm at Leonards Hill”, said a delighted Simon Holmes a? Court. “Hundreds of volunteers, helped by the strong support of our members, have been working towards this milestone for the last five years.”

More than 1100 members of the co-operative have invested $7.5m so far. Community funds, coupled with finance from Bendigo Bank and a $975,000 grant from the State Government, have provided Hepburn Wind with the means to give REpower the ‘green light’ to the $12.9m project.  At the meeting, Holmes a? Court announced the release of a final offer of 1.8 million shares. Hepburn Wind’s offer is open to all Victorians. Application information is available on the Hepburn Wind website. Members will receive dividends from the sale of the clean electricity produced. In addition, the project aims to contribute more than $1,000,000 to community sustainability initiatives over the next 25 years.

“Most Australians want to see a meaningful response to the threat of climate change, but many aren’t sure what constructive role they can play.” said Mr Holmes a? Court. “By pooling resources, the community of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs has developed a model for the low carbon future that is both low cost — at least four times cheaper than rooftop solar PV — and brings a significant new business to town.” The two turbine wind farm is projected to generate 12,200 MWh annually, significantly more than the estimated  10,100 MWh used by the 1887 households of Daylesford.  Construction is scheduled to begin in October 2010. The wind farm is expected to start producing power in the second quarter of 2011. Mr Holmes a? Court confirmed that communities around the country have been in contact to enquire about applying the Hepburn Model elsewhere.

For more information regarding the project and the share offer, visit, email or call (03) 5348 6760.

Simon Holmes a Court, Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on June 10th, 2009

Simon Holmes a Court showcases the Hepburn Wind farm project which came into fruition due to the community’s desire to establish a community owned wind farm that would help match the electricity needs of the Hepburn Shire, and thus the Hepburn Wind Farm Project was born. Since then the project has progressed through the necessary stages of development, from preliminary site analysis through the Council planning process and now has a secure planning permit. And during the course of the project, the Wind Park has gained increasing support in the Hepburn Shire community.