Castlemaine celebrates its past while looking to the future

Mount Alexander Shire Council is helping to preserve our past, while leading the way to a more sustainable low carbon future, endorsed Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, said today.

Ms Chesters was visiting Castlemaine with Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, to see the Council’s $2.5 million upgrade to its historic School of Mines.

“The foundation stone of the School of Mines was laid in 1889 it was designed by renowned Bendigo architect WC Vahland,” Ms Chesters said.

“The School was an important centre of learning from its beginning and it then offered non-mining subjects to the local population as Castlemaine’s industry diversified following the gold rush.”

Ms Chesters said when the upgrade is completed next year, it will allow Council staff to be housed under one roof in the town centre and offer residents an improved one-stop-shop for Council services.

“The Gillard Labor Government is contributing to the upgrade which will include measures to dramatically cut energy use and carbon pollution. These include more energy efficient lighting, improved ventilation and air-conditioning, ceiling insulation and screens to control solar heat gain.”

The Gillard Government is supporting energy efficiency projects across Australia with more than $1.5 billion worth of grants funded by the carbon price, and through Low Carbon Australia, which offers financing assistance. Low Carbon Australia was established by the Federal Government to help businesses, public sector organisations and consumers improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

“Projects like this are a key part of the Gillard Government’s Clean Energy Future strategy,” Ms Chesters said.

“They show how public and private sector organisations in Central Victoria can invest 
in smarter ways of using energy, making buildings much cheaper to run and more environmentally sustainable.’