Project Overview

Our Community Vision speaks to how important our environment is to the community. We aspire together, community and Council to protect our environment. The environment is the focal point of Focus Area One: A resilient, sustainable and protected environment. We aim to be a responsive, adaptive and resilient community that addresses changes to our climate and biodiversity.

This project explores the potential for a Circular Economy in Hepburn Shire community and is a key component of expanding Hepburn Z-NET to include the integration of the Circular Economy. This project will take a practical approach to understanding, mapping and actioning the opportunities presented by the Circular Economy for the Shire. This will enable more local people and businesses to find opportunities to collaborate, helping to build a more economically strong, sustainable and resilient community.

How You Can Participate

Whilst this project will use global best practice in Circular Economy knowledge, the real value is applying it to local business, with local institutions and local people and generating real outcomes. Take a few moments to familiarise yourself with the ideas and concepts associated with the Circular Economy. We have provided some short video links and explanations that both define and describe the key definitions and models.

You can participate in this project by:

Step One: We are asking local sole traders and businesses to fill in the Circular Economy Snapshot Survey. Receive your confidential Circular Economy Readiness Ranking for participating. Click on the button below to participate.

Step Two: Watch the Introduction to the Circular Economy webinar hosted on Tuesday 27 September. See the video below.

Step 3: Hepburn Shire Businesses can attend a Circular Economy group workshop on Monday 7 November from 5-7pm. Please register via the link below.

Please note that data collected throughout this engagement process will be captured and stored in line with Hepburn Energy's Privacy Statement. For more information see their Privacy Policy in the Document Library.

** Please note the two workshops scheduled for 24 & 25 October have been rescheduled for 7 November.

Circular Economy Webinar

Next Steps

The information we gather in the survey will be used to identify areas of strength and areas where there are gaps in supporting the activation of a circular economy in Hepburn Shire. A Circular Economy Readiness Snapshot report will be prepared from the combined survey results.

Moving on from the Linear Economy

Whilst we have had an opportunity to see the true value of community resilience and local supply chains as a result of the global pandemic, we must consider that we’ll have new shocks to our community and economy in the future, and continue to strengthen our local circular economy. The traditional Linear Economy is based on a ‘take, make and waste’ model developed at a time of lower global population and ‘seemingly endless natural resource’ at the start of the industrial revolution. Built in or planned obsolescence is a common trait of this model.

Looking beyond the current model, a Circular Economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually designing waste out of the system where possible and is underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources. The circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital.

The three different economy models; linear, recycling and circular

Learn more about the Circular Economy here!