Teamed with the experienced permaculture teacher and author Ian Lillington, David Holmgren put together an Energy Descent Action Planning document for his local shire of Hepburn. The final report was submitted to the council in October 2011.
Marking two years since the report was compiled, we have decided to publish it in full. Initially, we were very excited and pleased with our local government commissioning such a study, impressed even, however once submitted there was little action, and despite agreement to upload to the shire’s website the document was never made available. Few in Hepburn shire are aware of its existence. The report seemed to have fallen into the black hole of council bureaucracy.
The onset of the energy descent future discussed in the report is imminent. Time for modifying our community plan in preparation is running out. For this reason, even though there are some revisions and more work to be done, we have decided to publish the final report in full. It should not be regarded as a complete work, but more, as a draft. The background paper should be read in conjunction with the final report as it will help clarify some of the findings and rationale.
The report is offered here as a permaculture community response to the energy constrained future, and we suggest that in be used as a template for others formulating their own community resilient strategies.