The Growing Carbon in the Port Phillip and Western Port Region project aims to establish a small-scale biodiverse carbon planting in the region to support water corporations to achieve their net-zero emissions pledges.
Victoria’s water industry is committed to taking actions on climate change and achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. It acknowledges that providing clean drinking water and disposing of sewage results in significant greenhouse gas emissions, and achieving net zero emissions will require a variety of actions including:
- Increasing energy efficiency to directly reduce emissions, by minimising the amount of energy used in water supply and sewage treatment
- Increasing the use of renewable energy to reduce indirect grid emissions and
- Using ‘carbon offsets’ such as planting trees to store carbon to offset any remaining emissions.
The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA is partnering with Yarra Valley Water, Melbourne Water and City West Water to deliver local revegetation projects that will provide carbon offsets for the water corporations, as well as other local environmental and social benefits.
Opportunities for landholders
PPWCMA is now seeking expressions of interest from landowners in the region who are interested in supporting carbon planting projects on their properties.
Landowners will need to be willing to consent to a long-term agreement involving a significant revegetation project on their property. Revegetation projects will be seeking to restore native vegetation and will use a range of indigenous species specific to the local area and each site.
What are the benefits?
Landowners participating in the pilot will directly benefit through:
- Improved biodiversity on their properties
- Healthier soils, vegetation and animals
- Improved soil structure and fertility
- Building drought resilience and farm productivity
- Greater water efficiency
- Improved aesthetics and amenity
The costs of establishing the vegetation will be covered by the PPWCMA and participating landowners will also be eligible for a regular maintenance payment to maintain and protect the plantings for 25 years.
Broader benefits of this project include:
- Improving water quality through reducing sediment and nutrient input into waterways.
- Improvements in biodiversity through the creation of new habitat corridors including supporting habitat for threatened species.
- Creating local employment opportunities by using environmental contractors to undertake revegetation activities.
- Working with Traditional Owners and supporting employment opportunities to implement revegetation projects.
- Improvements in community health and wellbeing through the creation of new green spaces and improved amenity of public spaces.
For more information download the landowner fact sheet.
Express your interest
If you are interested in learning more, please complete the expression of interest form below.
Landowners who register their interest will be contacted by PPWCMA staff to arrange an initial meeting. In this meeting, the PPWCMA will provide detailed information about the opportunity and what is involved, and landholders will be able to ask questions and discuss potential options. This may also involve a site visit to areas of the property being considered for revegetation.
If the landowner is interested in proceeding with the project a further meeting will be arranged. This will be an opportunity to discuss and negotiate contractual arrangements and develop a basic property plan and detailed site revegetation plan.