September Sustainability Update From MASG. For more info go to
Taking action on Climate Change

Wanted: Land for Solar Projects

Call for volunteers!
Ride to Work Breakfast:
Wednesday 12 October at the Hub Plot.

Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG)
03 5470 6978



MASG September Enews

Thankyou to all that supported the Wash Against Waste Next Generation Project and Big Give Campaign. We are thrilled to announce that we raised $3180 towards the new education pack, promotion and operator training.

MASG's Recycling Project Expands - Batteries, Light Globes and now Mobile Phones

Kate Orr from MASG,
talking to students from
Campbell's Creek Primary School
about the recycling project.

MASG is currently in the process of compiling a guide for local recycling options, and expanding our in-house waste collection service from batteries and lighting waste, to include printer cartridges (via Planet Ark) and mobile phones (with the assistance of Mount Alexander Shire Council)

Phones collected are sent to Mobile Muster, and the money raised goes to the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.

Our battery recycling service started in 2010 as a service to our members, and 90 kgs had been collected by 2012. Since then we have expanded our collection points to include the MASC customer service centre, 4 primary schools, 15 CFA stations, Legion Office Works, the Hub offices and Beards Hardware, and so far this year we have diverted 262 kgs of batteries from landfill.

Similarly, the light globe collection has gone from 4kgs in 2012 to 485kgs in 2015, since we installed a recycling skip at Lawrence and Hanson Electrical Wholesalers, with funds from the MASC Community Grants Scheme.

We are optimistic that our new recycling project will be just as successful and we are currently looking at plastics and e-waste as the next project.

*The guide to recycling options in the local area is on track to be available on the MASG website by the end of the year.
Head to the website for more info here:


Expressions of Interest sought:
Landholders interested in Solar Projects


Representatives from MASG’s Medium and Large Scale Solar Working Group Mick Lewin, Taryn Lane, David Woodgrove, Deane Belfield

We have had a great response so far from landholders interested in knowing more about medium and large scale solar projects.

You can read the Midland Express' featured story online here

'MASG is encouraging Mount Alexander Shire farmers to get in contact, and will support landholders in meeting with developers that are keen to investigate solar farm developments in our shire. The community may also have the opportunity to invest in these and MASG will seek facilitate this.'

As more information is released from the state government, MASG will post it on its website:

You can download the FAQs compiled by MASG here.
For more information or to express your interest contact:

or give give the office a call on:
03 5470 6978

Ride to Work: Wednesday 12 October

We are putting the call out to early-risers who would be available between 6.30 and 8.30am on Wed 12 Oct, for set up and brekkie prep with Growing Abundance. 

Free breakfast is offered to the first 100, that most definitely includes the helpers!

Get in touch with us here if you can help:

Farmers have the power to lead Climate Action


From the Bendigo Advertiser, Friday 23rd September.

'Climate change is worsening extreme weather events such as bushfires and drought and rural and regional communities will continue to be disproportionately affected.

Many agricultural businesses surveyed have used financial reserves and or have taken on increased debt in response to extreme weather events. Australia’s agricultural sector is showing signs of decreasing capacity and faltering productivity gains and the resilience of some rural industries is under threat.

Rural and regional communities have already seen a significant reduction in population that has prompted further losses in services and unemployment. Climate change will further exacerbate these stresses.

The positive news is that tackling climate change provides an unrivaled opportunity to attract jobs and investment back to regional and rural areas.

As the Climate Council’s new report On the Frontline: Climate Change and Rural Communities outlines, the transition away from coal towards renewable energy will create many opportunities for these communities.

In Australia, rural areas receive around 30-40% of the total investment in renewables, valued at $1-2 billion per year. Community funds and additional rate revenue for rural and regional areas from renewable energy can be used to improve public services such as schools and local infrastructure.

Renewable energy projects also bring jobs and investment into rural and regional communities. Delivering half of our electricity from renewable sources by 2050 would create more than 28,000 jobs nationally.'

Read the full article here:



Get Behind Your Local Sustainability Group


We can't do this without you! MASG is a member driven organisation that works with community, business and industry in order to respond to Climate Change. 

MASG is committed to representing community interests in communicating these aims across local government, industry and services.

Click this link to be taken to the membership page on the website.

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It has never been easier to make a one off or regular tax deductible donation to MASG.

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