As part of its focus on community owned renewable energy (CORE), SWV Inc formed Repawa. Repawa stands for Renewable Energy Patterson Allyn Williams Area. Our aim is to increase the use of renewable energy in our area and also raise money for community projects that focus on sustainability and renewable energy. Our first project is a bulk buy of solar panels and/or batteries. You can find more information about the bulk buy on our website along with a form to fill in if you’re interested in getting a system for your place (residential or commercial). If you have any questions or ideas for community projects, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively if you will be in Dungog on Saturday morning 10th April, we will be outside the CWA Hall next to the Growers Market. We’ll have a banner so you won’t miss us.
A huge thank you to all those who came to lend a hand last Saturday 6th March for the Tree Planting event as part the enhancement to the Weeping Lilly Pilly Restoration Project at Frank Robinson Park. The day was a great success with about 45 people attending and the first 350 of 5000 plants going in. The day was made possible with support from Landcare, funding for the plants from Greater Bank, Council and of course some very dedicated volunteers.
Here are some photos. Stay tuned for more action at the Park including another planting day for a further 250 plants before the end of April (the remaining 4400 plants will go in over the next two years). A brainstorming and planning session for the proposed roadside reserve is also in the works.
SWV Inc inconjunction with Hunter Regional Landcare is running an event at Frank Robinson Park. Guest Speakers Peter Dixon will talk about riparian zone management and restoration techniques and Council will present their plans for the Roadside Reserve. If you interested in joining us please rsvp to email@example.com or call 0411 258 257. Event will be catered.
With electricity costs rising over the last few years, many households and businesses are finding that creating their own electricity makes all the difference to energy affordability. But not everyone can readily find the money to install their own solar power system, despite equipment prices continuing to drop. So because some of us are missing out on this free, clean source of power, Sustaining Williams Valley Inc is investigating the feasibility of a community-led solar bulk buy program.
Being part of a community-led bulk buy program gives householders and businesses more than just a better price. We will do all the hard work (and research) for you. Our focus for the bulk-buys will be to negotiate the best possible discount on the highest of quality equipment and link in with the highest possible quality solar installers.
Working bees held on 3rd, 4th & 16th of November 2018 resulted in completing Stage 1 (planting of sun loving species) in Zones 1 and 2. Approximately 400 trees were planted with fertilizer, water crystals and then bagged and staked. Both zones were weeded targeting bidens and turkey rhubarb. It was a really great effort, thanks to dedicated volunteers. Here are some photos.
The enthusiasm for CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) continued on Saturday 25th August with 31 people gathering over afternoon tea at the Uniting Church Hall to discuss their visions for energy generation in the shire in the next 20 years. Participants proposed such visions as “a carbon neutral town, community energy security, pride of ownership, access to all, and reinvesting in community”. And they envisioned a great range of project ideas, including: bulk buy & sell solar concepts, bio-energy using waste from the tip and timber mills; and pumped hydro. Some of the district’s past energy generation was mentioned as inspiration – did you know a hydro plant on the Williams River at the old butter factory in Dungog was used to create electricity in the 1930s?
The meeting followed the success of the CORE expert panel discussion held in National Science Week in mid August. Further workshops are planned.
SWV Inc and the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub held an event on Community Owned Renewable Energy (CORE) as part of National Science Week which generated enthusiastic support from the community. A follow up meeting to allow interested parties to continue the discussion was scheduled.
3pm – 5pm, Saturday, 25th August 2018
Uniting Church Hall, 246 Dowling St, Dungog
There will be an opportunity to meet and get to know other interested community members, discuss the vision for community owned renewable energy generation in Dungog Shire as well as any ideas you have for CORE Projects. For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Science Week CORE event but have expressed interest then we can also provide a recap of the presentations given.
We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend our respect to all Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.