Whitehorse City Council

Peak Oil

Oil is a finite resource – ‘peak oil’ refers to the point in time when maximum oil production is reached. Beyond that point, less and less oil is produced each year leaving a growing gap between supply and the world’s rapidly increasing demand.

As a result, petrol prices are likely to remain unstable and follow a rising trend. The Victorian community and economy are extremely vulnerable to the effects of peak oil.

In response to this, Whitehorse City Council developed a Peak Oil Action Plan in 2011. The Plan outlines specific and practical actions that Council and the community can take to minimise risks and progressively adapt to the challenges posed by peak oil.

There are many local community groups who share ideas and resources on sustainability, climate change and peak oil. They include Transition Whitehorse, Lighter FootprintsSustainability Street, Whitehorse Urban Harvest Food Swap and the Eastern Suburbs Permaculture Group.

Further Information

Watch this Australian produced video on the topic of peak oil:

Peak Oil Community Engagement Program

During April and May in 2014, Whitehorse City Council released a survey that aimed to assess the community's knowledge of peak oil and their understanding of the potential impact of oil and oil-related products becoming more expensive.  

The survey has now closed and a fantastic response was received.  

Council is responding to the challenge of peak oil by creating a community strategy about this important issue. Council is consulting with Whitehorse residents to learn: 

  • What would you be most concerned about if oil-based products became more expensive or more difficult to obtain?
  • What changes would you be willing to make to prepare for this?
  • How should Council share knowledge and help build community resilience in the face of these changes?  

Council will use the results of the survey to inform the development of the community strategy.  

Downloadable resources: 

pdf icon Peak Oil Community Engagement Infographic in English 2014.pdf (145.08kB)
pdf icon Peak Oil Community Engagement Infographic in Chinese 2014.pdf (134.87kB)

Check back to this page for more updates on this exciting project. 

For more information, contact the Sustainability Team on 9262 6363 or green@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Local Food

Did you know that roughly 1.3 billion tonnes of food produced each year is lost or wasted (UNEP 2013)? Beyond its obvious use as a liquid fuel for transport including motorbikes, cars, buses, trucks, ships and planes, oil is used for food production. Many resources are needed to grow and transport our food and these include water, fertiliser, labour, land, transport, petrol and packaging.  

Growing more food in our local area is a practical way to reduce risks and adapt to the challenges posed by peak oil. You can grow food in your garden. Join a community garden such as Box Hill Community Garden, Burwood Community Garden or Nunawading Community Garden and meet the people in your local area. When buying groceries, check where it has been grown or manufactured. Going to a farmer’s market is a great way of buying more local food. Avoid packaging buy purchasing food, such as nuts and rice, from bulk bins and use a reusable bag or container.  

Use the Story of Food below to trace a path from farm to fork and find out how you can reduce your ’foodprint’.