Climate Action Projects
powered by the sun
To reduce emissions and save costs, Ballina Shire Council has installed solar power systems on the Ballina Library, Ballina Community Services Centre, the Ballina Waste Facility, the Lennox Head Community Centre and the Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre.
The estimated electricity production of each 10kw system is between 41.28 and 61.92kW per day, saving between 15 and 23 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (equivalent CO2) per year per site.
All urban domestic residents in the shire use a three-bin waste collection service with weekly garden/organics collection and fortnightly recyclables and residual (mixed) waste collection. This will potentially divert up to 50% of waste going to landfill from these residents which equates to around 70 tonnes per week. Additionally, this will result in reduced leachate and methane production from Ballina Shire’s landfill site.
Compost bins are provided at cost price to Ballina Shire residents who wish to gain the many benefits of composting and worm farming at home. Compost, when added to a garden, improves soil nutrients, microrganism levels and ability to hold water.
a greener fleet
Council has been progressively improving efficiencies in its motor vehicle fleet through the ongoing introduction of 4 cylinder and LPG passenger vehicles. Council has also introduced bicycles to its fleet to enable staff to take up a more active and fuel effect mode of transport for short trips. In 2010 Council introduced B20 biodiesel for Council’s fleet. Biodiesel is a non-toxic and renewable fuel made from vegetable oil or animal fat and reduces toxic exhaust emissions related to sulphur, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, aromatics and particulate matter. Council is using B20 to power a number of our large plant vehicles.
Ballina Shire Council has partnered with other regional councils to develop the Northern Rivers Carpool to replace its original carpooling matching service to increase opportunities for staff and the Ballina Shire community to take up carpooling for work related trips.
Ballina Shire Council in conjunction with Rous Water has initiated the Ballina Heights Estate Dual Water Supply system. The system aims to reduce the demand on our precious fresh water resources by giving residents the ability to use two different types of water. Each property is supplied with two separately metered water supplies; a reclaimed and a potable water supply.
Instead of using potable (drinking quality) water for watering the garden, washing the car and flushing toilets, reclaimed water is used. The reclaimed water is high quality water treated to the standards as set down by health authorities. The difference is where the water comes from. Potable water is sourced from our limited supply of creeks feeding dams. Reclaimed water is recycled from wastewater that would otherwise be discharged to water bodies and lost.
Ballina Shire will be implementing dual water supply systems for major new developments as part of its urban water management strategy……read more.
northern rivers foodlinks
The Northern Rivers Food Links Project is a council cooperation initiative of seven Northern Rivers councils and Rous Water. As a collaborative partnership, the project aims to encourage councils to work together to secure a sustainable food future for the region.
This project seeks to mitigate climate change impacts associated with food production, distribution and consumption by reducing the reliance on food sourced from outside the region and increasing adoption of more sustainable food production practices. The project also seeks to enhance community resilience to climate change and peak oil impacts by keeping food affordable and accessible and tapping into local production capabilities.