20090222 Jindabyne Big Swim

0ed9dd093cGrassroots organisation Clean Energy for Eternity is conducting ‘Life Saving Energy’ swim series to raise funds for solar panels and wind energy installations for the RFS.Organiser Dr Matthew Nott says that the funds raised for the Jindabyne BIG SWIM on 22 February will go directly towards purchasing 2 kw solar panels for the Jindabyne Rural Fire Service.

“This is taking climate change to the coal face with practical solutions that will cut energy consumption and at the same time earn green dollars for the Jindabyne RFS.”

“Combined with a national gross feed in tariff for solar energy and all renewable energy sources, 2 kw solar panels will earn the Jindabyne RFS about $1,000 p.a. for the local brigade and assist more sheds across the region to fit out with solar power.”

RTEmagicC_951744c2fe.jpgOrganiser of the 22 February Jindabyne Big Swim and Sustainable Households Expo at Jindabyne’s Banjo Paterson Park Acacia Rose says that practical action is the best solution to climate change and rolling out renewable energy will take the pressure off the grid.

“We welcome swimmers or teams to enter the 7 kilometre Big Swim from Kalkite to Banjo Paterson Park as well as the Little Swims of 100 m and 400 m for Nippers and all other swimmers.”

“Not everyone can make the climate change gathering in Canberra for the opening of Parliament however everyone can support a swimmer and donate directly into the RFS special bank account that will enable them to fit out the Jindabyne Shed with solar panels.”

“We also invite exhibitors for the Sustainable House Expo supported by the Snowy River Shire Council so people can see exactly how they can make their homes more energy efficient, cool in summer and warm in winter, cut their energy consumption and access government grants for solar panels, solar hot water heating etc.”

“Snowy River Shire Council is co-organiser of the Sustainable House Expo.”

“The Council has signed a 50:50 by 20:20 target, that is, 50% cut in energy consumption and 50% renewable energy by 2020 and their practical involvement in assisting households is invaluable and welcome.”

 “We hope to have all Councils across Eden-Monaro sign onto the target with Federal Member Dr Mike Kelly also supporting the target.”

“Mike Kelly will swim on the day and is rallying support for his swim from Members of Parliament and other colleagues in Canberra to donate to the Jindabyne RFS solar panels.”

 Dr Matthew Nott said “we hope to make the Life Saving Swim series a national campaign to raise funds for solar panels for all RFS / CFS sheds and also continue the swims for renewable energy for Surf Life Saving Clubs around the country.”
“These people are at the coal face dealing with climate change on a daily basis and deserve our support.”
Alicia Rose organiser of the Jindy Big Swim
Alicia Rose organiser of the Jindy Big Swim

Thirty-two (32) swimmers took part in a marathon 7km Big Swim across Lake Jindabyne last Sunday for Clean Energy for Eternity’s LifeSaving Energy Project. This year’s event raised money for the Jindabyne Bush Fire Brigade to install a renewable energy system on the roof.

Numbers in the water were boosted by an energetic Korean Triathlete team and visitors from Canberra.  Alina from Thredbo did a great swim, first woman in and only 100 metres behind the elite athletes. Alina went on to win the 400 metres in blistering style.

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly was awarded the inaugural Scenic lake swim prize with a spectacular performance demonstrating true determination and commitment.

Wonderful presence from the local Nippers who all completed the 100 m open water swim and all received a lucky dip prize and Sun Zapped Lipball from Mike’s wife, Shelly Sakker.

Remarkably, one swimmer, Jenny Edwards from Canberra, already has ~$1100 pledged in donations and sponsorship so far.  Special thanks go to Sacred Ride from Jindabyne as major sponsors for this Big Swim.

Snowy River Shire Council and CEFE brought together exhibitors of sustainable living products and services in a Sustainable House Expo, held in conjunction with the Flowing Festival on the shores of Lake Jindabyne at Banjo Paterson Park.