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Renewable Energy Day Official Opening, 10am Saturday, 3 December 2016

You are invited to attend the Official Opening of #REday16 Renewable Energy Day by ACT Minister Mick Gentleman MLA
Including a presentation by ACT Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA
to be held 10.00 – 10.30 am Saturday, 3 December 2016
Mount Majura Solar Farm, corner of Majura Road and Lime Kiln Road, Majura ACT 2609

To be followed by Morning Tea
Renewable energy sites around the region will then open their doors and offer guided tours. You are welcome to join us on a tour of sites on one of the free buses, or as a self-drive experience.

For more information visit:  REday.com.au .

Please RSVP  to attend the Official Opening by cob Wednesday 30 November.

‘Australia crashes in Climate Change Performance Index’

The Environmental Decision Group reports that Australia has been ranked fifth last out of the 58 countries assessed in the latest Climate Change Performance Index, released at the UN climate talks in Marrakech.

The countries on the list below Australia are Kazakhstan, Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia, while the best performing nations are France, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The index notes a gap between the national and state policies in Australia: while the former are ‘rather unambitious and uninspired’, the latter manage ‘to some extent to take independent action’.

Details here.

New Wind Energy Planning Framework for NSW

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW advises that, on Monday August 29th in Yass at 6.30pm, the proposed New Wind Energy Framework will be on exhibition.

The Department of Planning and Environment (DOPE) has released this New Wind Energy Framework for public comment, which has been developed to help balance investment in wind energy with the needs of the community.

Submissions close on 16 September, 2016. You can download the proposed Framework from here.

DOPE will also be holding a number of public information sessions on the proposed New Wind Energy Framework at:

Yass on Monday August 29th, 2016: At Yass Soldiers Club, 86 Meehan St, Yass
Crookwell on Thursday September 1st, 2016: At Crookwell RSL Services Club, Goulburn St, Crookwell
Glenn Inness on Monday September 5th, 2016: At Glen Innes Services Club, 120 Grey St, Glen Innes
Mudgee on Wednesday September 7th, 2016: At Club Mudgee, 99 Mortimer Street, Mudgee

Registration will open at 6pm at all the venues for a 6:30pm start.

If you have any questions, contact Cerin Loane, Policy and Research Coordinator, on clone@nature.org.au or (02) 9516 1488
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW

“Power to the people: how communities can help meet our renewable energy goals”

Iain MacGill, the Co-director of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets, UNSW, writes about this in today’s issue of The Conversation.

He writes about “Energy for the people”:
“Community renewable energy (CRE) may have a key role to play. Community energy can involve supply-side projects such as renewable energy installations and storage, and demand-side projects such as community education, energy efficiency and demand management.

“In short, community renewable energy revolves around community ownership, participation, and consequent benefits from community-scale renewable energy projects.”

Read the full article here.

“NSW farmers stepping up tree felling even before land-clearing laws loosened”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 June, reports on the the likely terrible impacts of the NSW Government’s proposed biodiversity legislation; the article is here.

The NSW Nature ConservationCouncil, of which FuturePLANS is a member, has initiated an advocacy campaign to protect native vegetation in NSW. This is the  Stand Up For Nature campaign.    You are invited to visit the campaign website to familiarise yourself with the issues and to consider engaging in advocacy to protect biodiversity in our region. Remember, submissions close on 28 June.

The SMH wrote: “The state’s farmers have lopped paddock trees at an accelerating rate in the past 18 months even before a new land-clearing law eases controls further, government data shows.

“The new figures, which reveal the rate of clearing of paddock trees has more than doubled since November 2014, come as the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists wrote to all MPs to call for a reversal of “retrograde changes” planned in the new Biodiversity Conservation act.

“NSW farmers used a new self-assessment code to remove 21,716 paddock trees – or more than 50 a day – over the past year and a half.

“The rate, at an average of about 50 per day, was 140 per cent more than the average over the previous seven years, data from the Office of Environment and Heritage showed. Paddock trees, judged to be single or small patches of trees, make up 40 per cent of remaining woodland cover, OEH says.”

See the full article for more details.

Guardian campaign: ‘Keep it in the Ground!’ Fantastic news!

On 21 May The Guardian wrote:

Here’s some great news to brighten your weekend.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has sold off its entire $187m investment in BP. There’s no word from them on why, but it certainly looks like the foundation is quietly getting out of fossil fuel companies. Since 2014, it has dropped 85% of such investments it had held.

Bill Gates says he’s not keen on the divestment argument but we know that the pressure you’ve put on the foundation through Keep it in the Ground – as well as the folks at Gates Divest in Seattle and the wider divestment movement – has been having an impact behind the scenes.

You can read our story on it here.

There was also good news from around Europe this week. Portugal ran for four days straight on renewable energy alone and last Sunday, Germany powered almost all its electricity needs from clean sources. There was so much renewable energy on the grid that at several times in the day, power prices turned negative – effectively paying consumers to use it.

Change is happening.

Yours Sincerely

James Randerson – assistant national news editor

LLS’ ‘South East Circular’, April 2016 issue

The April 2016 issue of the South East Local Land Service’s newsletter South East Circular has now been published. The topics covered are:

Improving worm control in sheep
Local disease watch
Autumn feeding guide
New wasps in the Bega Valley
Recognition for District Vet
Thinking of purchasing a property in the bush?
Grazing management courses start soon
Do you know the size of your paddocks?
From the garden to the plate
Landcare Australia field visit
Innovative partership tackles marine pest
Partnership protects endangered perch
LLS Seasonal Conditions Report
Feral Fighters 2016
Weather and Climate Risk Management
Local Annual Report 2015
The benefits of electronic identification in cattle
Narooma littoral rainforest field day
South Coast Industry Dinner 2016
Events
Feedback

Report on the Native Vegetation of the Palerang Local Government Area

At its Ordinary Meeting to be held in Bungendore on Thu 24 March, Palerang Council will consider the ‘Report on the Native Vegetation of the Palerang Local Government Area, November 2015, prepared by Umwelt Australia’. The proposal is: Recommended that Council:
1.        Exhibit the draft revised Palerang native vegetation layer via Council’s Intramaps software from mid April 2016 to mid June 2016.
2.        Hold an information session in Braidwood and Bungendore to discuss the revised native vegetation layer.

For details, please visit http://www.palerang.nsw.gov.au/council/council-meetings/business-papers/business-papers-2016/meeting-no-7-ordinary-business-paper – this topic is agenda item 11.7.

Wamboin real-time weather telemetry

The upgrade of the Wamboin Community Assoc hall and the adjacent Volunteer Bushfire Brigade facilities to meet the Neighbourhood Safer Place standards included the installation of an automated weather station. It updates every 15 minutes. Visit http://www.wamboincommunity.asn.au/ and click on ‘weather station’ or go directly there at http://www.wamboincommunity.asn.au/weather.

Especially useful are the summary indexes along the top of the page, including the Fire Danger Index and the Heat Index.

Congratulations and thanks to those responsible for this useful resource.