25% by 2020 Task Force

Surf Coast Shire Council has appointed the 14-member 25% By 2020 Task Force to drive the development of an action plan to enable Surf Coast Shire to achieve the State Government’s renewable energy target.

A priority project under Council’s new Towards Environmental Leadership program, the new task force will be independently chaired by Scott Ferraro. As Head of Implementation at ClimateWorks Australia, Scott has led various projects focused on reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Councillors David Bell, Carol McGregor and Margot Smith have been appointed as Council’s representatives. Other members have been drawn from relevant industry organisations and community groups while three community members have been appointed via an expression of interest process.

Industry representatives are:

  • Gavin Ashley from the Moreland Energy Foundation, an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to tackling climate change.
  • Aman Oo, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Deakin University’s School of Engineering.
  • Nick Rees, Regional Business Manager with energy company PowerCor.
  • Doug Rolfe from the Alternative Technology Association.
  • Don Welsh from property development company Parklea Pty Ltd.

Community interest group representatives are Adrian Ford from Surf Coast Energy Group and Andrew Laird from Surf Coast Air Action while the successful community applicants are:

  • Gareth Bellchambers, a Torquay resident currently who has studied and worked in the construction and development industry in Australia, Canada and the UK
  • Julie Dingle, an active member of the Anglesea Community Energy Group and Surf Coast Air Action
  • Chloe Messner, a Surf Coast local actively involved in various environmental initiatives including Green Mums, Patagonia Common Thread, Frack Free, Take 3 and SCEG.

The 25% by 2020 Task Force Committee meetings will be held bimonthly (no more than six meetings per year will be convened).

Meeting dates

  • Meeting 1 - 25 July 2016
  • Meeting 2 - 5 September 2016
  • Meeting 3 - 14 December 2016

The 25% by 2020 Renewable Energy Taskforce at their 5 September meeting