Environmental Programs and Incentives



Wellington Shire proudly hosts and supports a wide range of environmental events each year.

Parks Week – March

Wellington's Parks and Gardens are actively promoted through our annual Parks Week celebrations which are held in March each year, attracting in excess of 5,000 visitors at various locations across the municipality.

Clean Up Australia Day – March

Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.

National Tree Day – July/August

National Tree Day helps you connect with nature by planting trees and shrubs to improve our natural environment. Established in 1996, it has grown into Australia's largest community tree-planting and nature care event. The program is a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to their community.

Garage Sale Trail – November

Powered by over 100 local Councils, Garage Sale Trail is a program that encourages reuse and waste avoidance in communities across Australia. It facilitates one big weekend of garage sales which takes place in mid-November. It’s a great way for community groups to connect and fundraise.

Community Programs and Incentives

Energise Gippsland Solar Program

The Energise Gippsland Solar Program is the second phase of the Gippy Bulk Buy Program and aims to make installing solar easy and cost effective for Gippsland Households. This is a partnership program with Gippsland Climate Change Network, Latrobe City Council, Yarra Energy Foundation and Rocky's Solar.

Charging the Regions – Electric Vehicle Transition

Wellington is commencing its transition to electric and hybrid vehicle technology. Read more on our Electric Vehicle Charging page.

Environmental Upgrade Finance

Businesses in Wellington Shire can access Environmental Upgrade Finance for projects that help them save money and improve their economic and environmental performance.

Bioenergy Development Framework

Council is supporting the uptake of new technologies and innovation across our region. We facilitated the development of the Bioenergy Development Framework, a guide to help business and community groups to plan for and implement Bioenergy projects. If you have a bioenergy proposal this is a great tool to assist you to navigate the process.

Wellington Integrated Pest and Weed Project (WwePAC)

Council received $536,000 through the Australian Governments Communities Combating Pests and Weed Impacts During Drought Program – Round 2 in 2020. Council has partnered with Maffra & District Landcare Network to deliver the program. Further information is available on the Pests and Weeds and Biodiversity page.

Rate Rebate on Land for Conservation Purposes

Council provides a rebate on lands that have a Deed of Covenant for conservation purposes approved by Trust for Nature. The rebate only applies to the land that is affected by a covenant.

The rate is applied using a $ per hectare rate, with a minimum rebate of $100 and a maximum equal to the annual general rate on the property. The current rate is $15 per hectare. The Rates Rebate on land with a deed of Covenant for Conservation Purposes Policy can be viewed on the Council Policies page.

Sustainability in the Suburbs Course

Council provides No Charge membership for Wellington residents to Laura Trotters Sustainability in the Suburbs online club that will help you live a more sustainable life. This exclusive club combines practical tools and useful how-to’s and the chance to complete a range of online learning modules.

For further information on our current support programs please contact our Sustainability Project Officer.

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