20150701 Thanks to all who contributed to 2015 Tathra Enduro

The 2015 Tathra Enduro Mountain Bike race was a huge success with more than 500 riders racing around the beautiful Tathra single tracks.

I would like to thank this year’s sponsors for their support.

Our major sponsors included Rubena Tyres, Tathra Beach Holiday Apartments, the Tathra Big 4 Caravan Park, the Tathra Beach Family Park, Lake Crackenback Resort, Bega Valley Motors and Bega Cheese.

Many local businesses donated local produce for prizes.

I would also like to thank the musicians who entertained the riders as they rode around the course.

Clean Energy for Eternity and Tathra Pub donated prize money for the best musical acts.

The Tathra Mountain Bike Club put an enormous effort into building and maintaining the tracks which are now some of the best single track in Australia.
I would like to thank Josh Johnson who donated a huge amount of time and expertise in running the timing and computers on race day.

The Enduro Race Committee works throughout the year to make this event a very special one.

The proceeds from this year’s race will be donated to Tathra Pre-school, the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club, the Tathra Rural Fire Service Shed as well as completing funding for the IMAGINE solar farm

Matthew Nott

20150612 Tathra Enduro huge success in 2015

It was a full two days of perfect weather and perfect competition conditions as a record 493 riders aged between five and 70 years old took to Tathra’s pristine tracks the fifth Tathra Enduro.

Saturday’s racing was all about friendly competition with the three kilometre Bega Cheese Children’s Chase followed by the Lap-It-Up five, 10 and 20 kilometre single track events.

The competition stepped up a notch on Sunday for the marathon events – the 100km King Nelba, 50km Mitas Rubena and the Tuff 25km.

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Event organiser Stacey George said the whole day was a real win for the Tathra community.

“Tathra was certainly very busy as you could see a convoy of cars with bike racks roll into town,” she said.

“It is kind of special really as you often see cars coming in to town for the weekend and you don’t know what for.

“This weekend there was no doubt as to why they were coming into town,” she said with a laugh.

“It was certainly very good for Tathra on traditionally a quiet weekend.”

But it was not just about the mountain biking.

The event was a true exhibition for riders and spectators alike as 10 groups of performers, including bagpipers and drummers, lined the 100 kilometre track to support the competitors.

“That was absolutely awesome,” Ms George said.

“The competitors loved it – some got serenaded up the hill – it was definitely something they weren’t expecting.”

Ms George said it was pleasing to see so many families turn up to compete.

“It was friendly and encouraging all weekend. It was a great representative of the whole mountain bike movement – it was not competitive at all,” she said.

“And knowing all the work the volunteers put in to it, hearing great feedback about the tracks and how people loved the tracks, it’s just heartwarming.”

Eight key organisers helped put the day together with more than 30 volunteers over the two days to make the event a success.

“The main track builders and organisers, Andrew Johnson and Tom Parks, without them and their enthusiasm, we wouldn’t have a track to ride on.

“The fact that we have an event at all is probably down to those two, their hard work and vision to build the track there,” Ms George said.

All funds raised from the day will go directly back into the Tathra community.

Thanks to Bega District News for this coverage

20150320 Tathra Solar Farm Media Coverage

The opening of the Tathra Solar Farm got good coverage on local media and the renewable energy press.  You can watch the video of the ABC’s coverage here

The Bega District News has kindly allowed us to reproduce their coverage and some of their photos below

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THE umbrellas were out – but not to keep the sun at bay, as rain fell on the large crowd gathered at the Tathra Sewage Treatment Works.

However, there was no dampening down of Matthew Nott’s enthusiasm at the official opening of the Tathra Community Solar Farm on Tuesday.

Clean Energy for Eternity founder and president Dr Nott welcomed everyone to the opening of “Australia’s first completed community solar farm”.

“We are calling it Australia’s first solar sculpture as well,” he said.

Each of the panels was “purchased” by a community member or group, with a list of the supporters included on a large sign that will be permanently erected on site. Continue reading 20150320 Tathra Solar Farm Media Coverage

IMAGINE…and we did!

Australia’s first completed community-owned solar farm is now a reality at Tathra on the NSW far South Coast, helping to power the Tathra treatment plant. The 30kW solar farm is an initiative of community climate action group Clean Energy for Eternity, Inc and consists of 120 panels of 250W capacity arranged to form the letters of IMAGINE. It is clearly visible from the air on the approach path to Merimbula airport.

The installation is expected to generate an average of 40 MWh annually over its 25 year lifetime.

It will be officially opened on Tuesday, March 24 at 10.00am.
As CEFE President Dr Matthew Nott explained:

“In 2006 over 3,000 Bega Valley residents formed an IMAGINE human sign on Tathra Beach.”

“Shortly after CEFE was formed and adopted its 50/50 by 2020 target as an aspiration for local communities like Tathra. That is, 50% reduction in energy consumption and 50% renewable by 2020.”

“A local solar farm was seen as key strategy for reaching that goal, along with solar bulk buy programs and putting solar PV on community buildings”

“We are proud of what we have achieved in our local area over the last eight years– over 30 surf clubs, RFS sheds and community buildings now equipped with solar PV.”
“And now, finally, we have our IMAGINE solar farm.” Continue reading IMAGINE…and we did!

20150115 Work begins on the Tathra Solar Farm

9e4a31a7f6The Tathra IMAGINE solar farm project gets underway this week. What a combined effort from the local community, The Tathra Enduro Mountain Bike Race and the Bega Valley Shire Council ! We aim to have the project complete by the June long weekend 2015 Tathra Enduro. We still have to find money for the final two letters of IMAGINE, and would love to hear from anyone interested in purchasing some panels.

20110810 Tarraganda RFS goes solar

ec7a43e81dLast week solar panels were installed on the Tarraganda Rural Fire Service shed. It is the seventh fire shed in SE NSW to be set up with solar panels. The panels were funded as a result of a recent Pyramid Power bulk buy deal, and proceeds from the last two CEFE Bega River Big Swim’s.

Clean Energy For Eternity will endeavor to assist all 200 Fire Sheds in NSW get solar panels on their roof-tops by 2020.

The Tarraganda RFS are actively looking for new members.