Council sets sights on commitment to sustainable practices

Published on Thursday, 20 October 2022 at 1:43:57 PM

Investigating potential for an industry-leading renewable energy and green hydrogen plant in the Dardanup Shire will be the aim of a feasibility study being undertaken thanks to support provided by a $40,000 grant from the South West Development Commission.  

At its September meeting, Council agreed to appoint a consultant to undertake the study which is expected could later be used for securing grant funding support.

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said both the Shire of Dardanup Depot and planned Waterloo Industrial Park presented great potential for development of a green hydrogen plant and progress toward a zero emission footprint over time.

The study will consider technical and commercial feasibility along with potential scale from a small plant just servicing fuel supply demands for the Shire of Dardanup to something much larger that could provide a service to surrounding local governments and even commercial applications.

The Shire of Dardanup’s 2050 Vision is to be a “healthy, self-sufficient and sustainable community this is connected and inclusive and where our culture and innovation are celebrated”.

Cr Bennett said a green hydrogen plant located within the shire would address the aspirations of ‘self-sufficient’ and ‘sustainable’.

“We have a vision of becoming a leading light in Western Australia for our commitment to sustainable living practices,” Cr Bennett said.

"Council adopted the 2050 Vision and we mean what we say in that document.”

Council’s commitment to change has been demonstrated by use of timber as a more sustainable building product in several significant new and planned infrastructure projects including the Eaton Bowling Club & Senior Citizen’s Centre, Wells Recreation Park Changerooms, R&J Fishwick Pavilion and the new Shire of Dardanup Library, Administration and Community Building.

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