20120331 Brogo Dam Big Swim


On Saturday 31/3/12, 6 swimmers took on the Brogo Dam LifeSaving Energy Big Swim. None of us realised how tough it was going to be.

Conditions were perfect.
6 swimmers took on what we thought was going to be a 7km swim

Swimmers (with supporters) from left to right Matthew Nott, Gillian MacMillan, Grant Prowse, Ann Herbert, Giles Ellinworth, Rob Gordign.

Click here  for a short video of the day

Because there was so much water in the Dam, we were able to swim all the way up the Brogo Gorge. Unfortunately at this point we were 5km away from home on the ‘out and back’ course.. What ended up being a 10km swim tested all of us. Grant Prowse stormed home in a record breaking swim, with Rob Gordijn pushing him all the way. Ann Herbert convincingly won the ‘over 50’ category. The 40-50 year category proved popular in this years swim.

We managed to raise $1000 for solar panels for the Upper Brogo Fire Shed. A ‘stand alone’ system for the Fire Shed is going to cost more than that, so we have more work to do.

We had a fantastic back-up team of paddlers. Dr Gabe Khouri provided medical cover, a Tathra surf boat crew kept a watchful eye on the event, and Rudy Warren and Storm provided logistical suppor

20100516 Country Energy Big Swim Bermagui

356ae3a27bEveryone who swam in  the Bermagui River last Sunday was reminded why the Far South Coast of NSW is the best location on Earth. We had beautiful Autumn weather, with clear, sparkling water and a windless, cloud-free day. Conditions were perfect as the 5 km swim meandered through pristine forest.

The swimmers and sponsors managed to raise $3000 on the day and that money will go towards solar panels for the Bermagui rural fire station. That money will get a kilowatt of solar panels onto the roof of the fire station, but the plan is to double that installation, so we need more money. Anyone interested in donating should contact the www.cleanenergyforeternity.net.au web site.

The 12 swimmers who completed the swim were Ken Bellett, Darryl Anderson, Brendan Faulkner, Matthew Nott, Lynda Cantrill, Kerry and Stuart Thompson, Ann Herbert, John Phillips, Louise Armstrong, Grant Prowse, and Giles Ellingworth. Giles volunteered to be the event doctor, but skills were not required on the day.The swimmers were accompanied by a flotilla of kayaks and paddlers.

We were supported by the Bermagui surf club and NSW Maritime. Thanks go to the River Rock Café, the Bermagui Pharmacy and the Bermagui Lions. In particular, thanks goes to Country Energy who have always been extremely supportive of the LifeSaving Energy Big Swim and were the major sponsors of the Bermagui swim.

Prue Kelly spent many long hours organising the swim and generating enthusiasm for the event. It would not have been possible without her tireless work. The Bermagui fire service turned out in force and welcomed the swimmers home with water cannons.

The next LifeSaving Energy swim looks like being a deep water swim from Merimbula Wharf to the Pambula surf club next summer. It will not be a swim for the faint hearted.
Matthew Nott

20100213 Jindabyne Big Swim

333a065985Snowy Mountains Clean Energy for Eternity conducted a successful Life Saving Energy Big Swim Series once again, as a fund raiser for solar panels for Jindabyne RFS.

Acacia Rose Convenor of the Snowy Mountains Chapter of Clean Energy
for Eternity said “the strong support for the CEFE Life Saving Energy Swim

Kate Greenwood co-organiser and champion swimmer
Kate Greenwood co-organiser and champion swimmer

Series means that we are closer to completing the solar panels project for the Jindabyne RFS.”

“This year 20 swimmers including two relay teams completed the 7.2 km swim from Kalkite along the length of Lake Jindabyne to the Strzelecki statue in Banjo Paterson Park supported by a contingent of kayakers, a local GP and the SES.”

“Swimmers came from as far away as Christchurch NZ and Bathurst to enjoy swimming in Lake Jindabyne.’

“The weather was cloudy and cool however the lake was still warm at the
surface and dead calm creating almost perfect conditions for the swim.’
“Amongst the fund raising swimmers was Alina Plescan from Thredbo, a former
ocean swimmer who completed three laps of the lake swimming almost 22 kms
in increasingly cold conditions.”

“For the second year, Alina has contributed her superb skills to the Life Saving
Energy Swim Series also being the fastest woman to complete the first 7.2 km
of the swim.”

Following the Big Swim the Inaugural Strzelecki Dash attracted Member for
Monaro and Minister for Emergency Services Steve Whan and, Member for
Eden-Monaro Dr Mike Kelly along with 18 local swimmers.
Steve Whan put in an impressive performance and won the Strzelecki Dash
setting the tempo for future swims.

“However, star of the Strzelecki was local swimmer and former Commonwealth
Games representative, Noeline Dahlen-Maclean who, at almost 80 years of
age, raised funds for Riding for the Disabled.”

Ms Rose said “Noeline’s inspiring efforts topped off a great day and we
welcome all swimmers to be similarly encouraged to enter the Life Saving
Energy Swim Series.”

“Clean Energy for Eternity is committed to local solutions to climate change
and aims to retrofit all public buildings with solar energy, solar hot water and
non-toxic insulation to meet the Nott Target of 50:50 by 2020, or 50%
reduction in energy consumption and 50% renewable energy by 2020.”
“To achieve the Nott Target Snowy Mountains Clean Energy for Eternity is
working closely with the Snowy River Shire Council Green Team and State
Government agencies as well as our local members.”

“The Sustainable Living Expo on the following day attracted key information
stands and suppliers for the dozens of people attending the Flowing Festival
and Dragon Boat challenges.”

“We trust that the information and suppliers of, low energy intensity products,
energy saving devices, solar hot water, fresh regional produce and Green Loans
for example, makes it easier for people to live a more comfortable and less
energy expensive life.”

Ms Rose said “Snowy Mountains CEFE would like to thank its major sponsors,
The Banjo Paterson Inn, 2020 Financial Solutions, The Westpac Bank, Serge’s
Cafe, Snow Print Bookshop and Sacred Ride as well as the many local
businesses and individuals who have sponsored the swims and made it
possible to place solar panels on the Jindabyne RFS Shed.”

20090405 Narooma Big Swim

The start
The start

On 5/4/09, the second annual Narooma LifeSaving Energy Big Swim was held in near perfect conditions in the Wagonga Inlet with a strong outgoing tide. Money was raised for energy efficient lighting for the Narooma surf club and for a cycleway in Narooma. Once again, the Narooma surf club hosted a very successful event. Competitors swam the 2km distance from the Narooma Bridge to Little Bar Beach in the beautiful turquoise waters that Narooma is famous for.

20091127 Swim for Solar Canberra

RTEmagicC_DaveLarcombe_03.JPGJoin Clean Energy for Eternity’s LifeSaving Energy Swim for Solar this summer. Keep cool while you do your bit for climate change! Start a renewable energy revolution in your lunchbreak!

The Swim for Solar series was launched by Dr Mike Kelly (Member for Eden-Monaro), Sue Wareham (Medical Association fo the Prevention of War), Shane Rattenbury (Greens MLA, ACT Assembly) on Friday 27th November at Queanbeyan Pool, 121 Crawford St, Queanbeyan (6297 1907).

20090314 Moruya Big Swim

A couple of stalwart swimmers talking to the Batemans Bay Post
A couple of stalwart swimmers talking to the Batemans Bay Post

A small group of brave swimmers swam the 7 km distance from the Moruya Heads to Moruya town to raise money for renewable energy for the Moruya and Broulee surf clubs. The Broulee surf club is about to be the sixth surf club in SE NSW to be set up with renewable energy.

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.

20080420 Narooma Big Swim

The 7km swim start

The 7km swim start
The 7km swim start

On Sunday 20/4/08, the Narooma LifeSaving Big Swim was held in cool conditions on the Wagonga Inlet, with 7 and 2km swims. About 100 swimmers competed, and the event has raised enough money to start getting renewable energy installed onto surf clubs. It may take a few weeks to work out how much money was made on the day, but generous support from the National Australia Bank and Tathra Beach and Bike insured that this event was always going to be a success. This was a collaborative effort between CEFE, the Narooma and Bermagui surf clubs, and the Narooma swim club, and thanks to all who contributed to the smooth running of this event. Well done to the Narooma surf club for wading through the mountain of paper work that is a part of events like these, and for providing water safety on the day.
Matthew Nott

20080310 Big Swim program 2008

The Narooma LifeSaving Energy Big Swim
After the success of the Jindabyne Big Swim, there is growing interest in the Narooma LifeSaving Energy Big Swim, to be held in the Wagonga Inlet on 20/4/08. Here is the plan: The 7km swim will start at Taylor’s fish and chip shop in Narooma at 8am on Sunday 20/4. Entrants will swim into the bay, around a bouy that will be clearly marked, then down the Wagonga Inlet (with the tide) to finish at Little Bar Beach. There is no entry fee, but swimmers will be asked to look for sponsorship, to go towards funding renewable energy for the Narooma and Bermagui surf clubs.  A 2km swim will be held on the same day, starting from the bridge, and finishing at Little Bar Beach. Swimming with the tide will make this swim a quick one. An entry fee for the shorter swim will be asked for.

There will be a surf boat race starting at 1200hrs, following the 7km swim course.
Water safety will be provided by the Narooma and Bermagui surf clubs, and there will be live music at the finish.

How much money does this swim need to raise?

We get an $8000 AGO rebate, and the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla councils have agreed to fund LifeSaving Energy dollar for dollar with community donations. The Narooma and Bermagui surf clubs have already started fundraising.

If you put that all together, if we can raise about $8000 with this swim, then we get the Bermagui and Narooma surf clubs set up with renewable energy. We get solar panels and a wind turbine onto the roof of the Narooma surf club in June, and we wait for Bermagui to get a clubhouse. We can instal the renewable energy at Bermagui as a free standing set up, on the site of the surf club, and it can immediately start saving money for the Bermi club.

This swim is also looking to raise some much needed funding for the Narooma swimming club. The swim club are an intergral part of this event, which is evolving into a stong partnership between Clean Energy For Eternity and the surf clubs of SE NSW.
The Jindabyne LifeSaving Energy Big Swim raised nearly $20000 for the Jindy surf club, and renewable energy will be installed on the roof of the surf club on 3/5/08.
The next LSE Big Swim will be in the Moruya River (another 7km swim) on 11/5. This will be to raise money for the Moruya and Broulee surf clubs. Both surf clubs are well underway with fundraising. This event will be open to experienced swimmers only.

20080210 Jindabyne Big Swim

24e3642710The first LifeSaving Energy Big Swim was held on Lake Jindabyne in perfect conditions on 10/2/08. 20 swimmers swam the 7 km from Kalkite to Jindabyne, raising an impressive $20000, to install 2 kWatt
worth of solar photovoltaic cells and a 400 W wind turbine on the roof of the Jindabyne surf club. The next LifeSaving Energy Big Swim will be held on the Wagonga Inlet in Narooma to raise money for the Narooma and Bermagui surf clubs. After that, a swim in the Moruya River to raise money for renewable energy for the Moruya and Broulee surf clubs. All swims will be 7 km in length, 7 km for 7 surf clubs in SE NSW. Stay tuned for more events