The festival was a big success. Sufficient funds have now been raised from various sources including Rock on 4 Kiah to pay for the solar + Our battery installation at Kiah RFS. Installation will be happening in the next few weeks.
Our next project is to upgrade the solar on Tathra Surf Club. Save the date for the Tathra Eternity Festival on October 16 which will be raising funds for this project.
CEFE’s Matthew Nott and Prue Kelly with Kiah RFS Captain Matthew Allen at Rock on 4 Kiah
Looking for a great activity on World Environment Day?
Come along to hear Dr Rebecca Huntley at the Tathra Hotel!
Dr Rebecca Huntley is guest speaker for the 44th Bournda EEC World Environment Day event, Saturday 5th June at 10:15am. Rebecca was booked to speak at the dinner last year and writes:
I was so disappointed when COVID-19 cancelled the last trip planned. Not so in 2021 and I am so looking forward to coming to share my insights around the environment with you at the Bournda Environmental Education Centre event. I know the recovery from both the pandemic and the extreme weather events have hit the area hard. I am looking forward to meeting people and to hear their reflections and their stories of resilience and hope for the future of their communities.”
Tickets (available now) for $60 pp
which includes lunch and the presentation
CEFE is pleased to be able to help promote an upcoming series of free webinars being offered by Renew giving information for fire-affected communities to rebuild homes for climate and fire resilience.
The webinars coincide with the launch of Renew’s Green rebuild toolkit a set of online resources, articles, and information to assist fire-affected communities to plan for, retrofit and rebuild their homes to suit our changing climate. As publishers of both Renew and Sanctuary magazine, Renew draws on over forty years of experience in this sector as well as an extensive network of technical experts, architects and designers.
The webinars will feature experts in the field speaking alongside homeowners who have already rebuilt after fire. There will also be the opportunity for people to connect with architects, designers, and bushfire safety experts in a July series of tailored ‘Speed Date a Sustainability Expert’ events, and one-on-one consults for those needing further advice. All events and support are free thanks to GlobalGiving.
The topics and dates for the webinars are as follows:
Rebuild first steps| Tue 1 June 6-7.30pm
Designing and building for bushfire and climate resistance | Wed 2 June 6-7.30pm
Materials and construction for bushfire and climate resistance | Thur 3 June 6-7.30pm
Home energy setups for bushfire zones and climate resilience | Tue 8 June 6-7.30pm
Water storage and fire resistant landscaping | Wedn 9 June 6-7.30pm
Retro fitting for fire resistance | Thur 10 June 6-7.30pm
Join Clean Energy For Eternity on Friday August 21 at 6pm with Professor Lesley Hughes from the Climate Council, for a discussion of the science that underpins the Australian Bushfire and Climate Plan.
Hear how CEFE is bringing renewable energy generation to our community facilities as we come to grips with climate change mitigation, adaptation and survival.
To register for this meeting go to
You will require a Zoom account to participate.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
This event has received grant funding from the Australian Government.
We hope to see you at some or all of these events..
This short online workshop will help Eurobodalla and Bega Valley residents make informed decisions about designing and building an energy-efficient house.
Whether you are rebuilding after the fires, planning a renovation or other building project, or simply want to reduce your energy bills, the workshop will present valuable and practical insights from leading experts in the field of energy-efficient building design.
A well designed or renovated energy efficient house will not only help you save money, it will also provide a more comfortable living space and create a healthier living environment both for you and the planet. A win-win all around.
This 90 minute online workshop will feature a series of short presentations followed by a Q&A session.
Presenters will include Alan Pears AM, one of Australia’s leading energy efficiency experts. Alan has worked in the sustainable energy and environment fields since the late 1970s and has been an expert adviser to federal, state and local governments across Australia, as well as community groups and the private sector. The workshop will provide information about designing an energy-efficient home as well as practical suggestions for retrofitting existing homes.
The workshop is sponsored by:
• Cobargo and Region Energy Transition Group
• SouthCoast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA)
• Clean Energy for Eternity, Bermagui (CEFE)
WHEN: 6.00pm – 7.30pm Wednesday 26 August on ZOOM
A message to our politicians. Fifteen years and counting our community has been calling for action. When will we be heard?
Come and be truly inspired. Matt Charles Jones, co – chair of TRY (Totally renewable Yackandandah) is coming to Pambula beach to discuss how a small volunteer group is powering their small town with 100% renewable energy, aiming for energy sovereignty by 2022.
Yackandandah is a small town in northeast Victoria, home to around 1,800; but with a big reputation on the renewables scene.
The Social Justice Advocates ‘Forces for Nature’ sub group welcomes anyone interested in community run renewable energy and moving towards a fossil fuel-free energy future.
When: Sunday 27th October
Time: 4pm onwards
Where: Lumen Catholic school – Pambula Beach Road
Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) was launched in 2014 with the ambitious goal of attaining “energy sovereignty” for the town by 2022 through 100% renewables. The group has been working to improve energy efficiency and install solar and battery systems across the community. To date, TRY has added more than 550kW of solar PV to the Yackandandah area, along with 160 Ubi controllers that provide real time data to users about their energy consumption habits. The controllers also form an important part of the town’s “mini-grid. More than 40% of the town’s rooftops now boast solar panels.
Yackandandah just keeps kicking goals in the sustainability area and
has in its sights establishing a community energy retailer, and it’s currently offering a solar hot water bulk buy deal for residents.
TRY won the Saving Energy category of the Community Innovators Awards at the Rural Councils of Victoria Summit. Last year, it scooped up the Banksia Foundation’s 2017 Sustainable & Resilient Communities Award.
Contact – Wendy Wait SJA Convenor Forces for Nature
ph/ 0428 450 348