Both councils where CEFE is active (Bega Valley Shire Council and Northern Beaches Council have now passed Climate Emergency resolutions. CEFE members were present in the chamber on both occasions and spoke in favour of the resolution with some passion. Both councils have also signed up the the Climate Councils’ City Power Partnership Program and both are now developing climate strategies and action plans.
The Climate Emergency resolution will be one of the topics discusses at a community forum organised by the Bermagui Chapter of CEFE next Monday 14 October at the Community Centre in Bunga St from 5.30 pm to 7 pm
Other topics of relevance to residents of Bermagui and surrounding areas that will be covered are:
The all –inclusive playground
Councils’ swimming pool strategy
Possible variation to annual rates
plus much more!
Special guest speaker – Councillor Jo Dodds
Across Australia communities are working with their local Council to become 100% renewable. Yackandandah, a small town in North East Victoria is a prime example. Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) have kindly made available some of their guiding documentation to assist other communities,
Lachlan Nicholls – a year 12 student at St Peters Broulee organised a ‘Climate Conundrum’ meeting at Broulee on May 16 covering the Science and Ethics of the Climate Emergency. Over 300 people attended. In addition to Lachlan, there were presentations from Professor Will Steffan and Rev George Browning. Read the full report here
5 months after a devastating bushfire, a month after the second driest July on record, and a week after the earliest start to the bushfire season ever, the Tathra AFL club becomes powered by the sun.
Whilst our politicians dither, Tathra continues to lead the way!!!!
A 17 kW kW solar system was installed on the roof of Tathra Public School in October 2017. The School’s principal, Lisa Freedman said the project showed what can be done when a community works together towards a common goal. “Its not only the benefits of having the panels but all the community groups working together”. After 18 months the project was completed with funding from the IMAGINE community solar farm, Enduro mountain bike event, a community concert and a NSW Department of Education grant.
Footage taken 2 weeks after a monster bore down on Tathra.
Out of respect for those that have lost everything, no houses have been shown in this video.
A big thanks to National Parks, the police and ambulance, SES, VRA, NSW Fire and Rescue, NSW Forestry, and the courageous RFS. Thanks to brigades from Shoalhaven, Milton, Kangaroo Valley, Bega, Bemboka, Bermagui, Brogo, Burragate, Candelo, Cobargo, Eden, Kiah, Eurobodalla, Nethercote, Quaama, Rocky Hall, Towamba, Wolumla, Wonboyn, Numbugga, Pambula, Jellat, Angledale, Taraganda, Merimbula, Buckajo, Tanja, and of course Tathra. Thank you for saving our town.
Clean Energy for Eternity was born in Tathra in 2006 when 2000 assembled in the beach to make the human sign you see on our banner at the top of this page. Up until Sunday’s devastating fires the news out of Tathra has always been good – a tight knit supportive community acutely aware of the risks of climate change and working together for a low carbon future, as epitomised in CEFE’s slogan 50/50 by 2020, proudly displayed on the water tower as you enter town. The latest in a long list of initiatives undertaken by Clean Energy for Eternity was to have been a ‘Hub in the Pub’ talk on the Science of climate change by CEFE founder and President Dr Matthew Nott that was to have taken place on Tuesday 20/3 when the catastrophic fires upturned everyone’s lives. From all of us in the wider CEFE community our hearts go out to those who have their homes and now have to start the process of rebuilding their lives. At least no lives were lost. Tathra will recover, and what we need now is to IMAGINE that future. We are relieved that the Tathra Community Solar Farm has emerged unscathed.