Trestle bridge in rain with forest either side

Baw Baw Shire town Noojee is being supported to take the next steps in diversifying its economy as part of the Forestry Transition Program.

$20,000 out of $510,000 Victorian Government funding will help the region improve its energy reliability.

Power Usage and Needs Audit

Baw Baw Shire has partnered with Baw Baw Sustainability Network.

To help understand the current and future needs for Noojee’s power, they will capture data on:

  • energy usage
  • power sources
  • household waste
  • firewood collection

A working group will use this to explore renewable energy technologies that will provide greater energy reliability and security.

The audit aims to engage with 100 households in Noojee and the surrounding area.

Other funding

$80,000 will fund a feasibility study for a multipurpose community hub and education centre.

This proposed hub could be used for a variety of functions including:

  • recreation
  • education
  • a place of safety during emergencies

This is intended to increase the number of visitors to Noojee.

$410,000 will continue the work on Noojee’s Local Development Strategy (LDS) until 2026. The LDS program is designed to be community led and reflect local priorities and ambitions as communities transition away from native timber harvesting.

Noojee is one of 11 Victorian towns and communities receiving support to transition from the Government’s Forestry Transition Program Community Development Fund. For more information visit Forestry Transition Program.

Page last updated: 02/07/24