After a lovely run through Ballarat with Olympian Steve Moneghetti yesterday, we reach the second last day of our long journey. We’re off to Hepburn today, home of some of Australia’s best natural springs and its first community-owned wind farm. We wondered how that works, the community owning its own wind farm but it’s a fantastic initiative to harness the energy needs of Hepburn Shire, who took it into their own hands to secure their town’s future. The wind farm will consist of two 2 megawatt wind turbines giving a total capacity of 4 megawatt of power. This will produce enough electricity for 2,300 homes, almost the number of households in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs.
We’ll be running to the wind farm/Leonards Hill CFA for a BBQ sponsored by the wind farm and Leonards Hill CFA. We’ll be meeting with the community who started the wind farm initiative to highlight how collective community involvement can fight climate change.
From Hepburn we’ll be running to an overnight stay in Kilmore, one of Victoria’s oldest inland towns and was home to Victoria’s first Irish-born Premier, John O’Shanassay.