SCEG news, events and how to get involved

Surf Coast Energy Group Newsletter
February 2016

Events

  • New Moon Meditation: Tuesday 9 Feb 7.30-8.30pm Guided meditation at Danawa Community garden, with Rich Bennett from Om Psychology
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  • Family Trivia Nights (Plastic Pollution Solutions). Lorne SLSC on Saturday, 13th February 5:30 pm, The Grant Pavilion (1 Merrijig Dr Torquay) 26 February 5.30pm;  Aireys Inlet Primary School on March 4, time TBC
  • Sustainable Living Festival: 6-28 Feb More info
  • Surf Coast Green Drinks: Saving Oceans from Plastic Pollution- Speaker Anthony Hill, Thursday 18 Feb Patagonia 6pm
  • Geelong Environmental Film Festival: , Friday 19th and Saturday 20th February, GPAC
    More info

Spring Creek

If Torquay must have a development that is not yet needed, shouldn’t it be world’s best practice?

The Spring Creek Draft Framework plan as it stands does not meet key sustainability or biodiversity criteria; and as a result it fails the community and environment.
The plan ignores the fundamental questions relevant to our time; those being climate change and species loss.
Rather than acting as a check to further urban development speculation, it has helped fuel new development submissions with applications for re-zoning and development to the immediate south of The Great Ocean Road.
˜Protecting the Environment’; one of the supposed key principles of the document, does little more than aim for ˜no further loss of existing trees”. Given the landscape is already highly fragmented, it is an indictment on all of us that this plan shows no ambition to restore any ecological integrity to the landscape.
In contrast, any ˜gains” to the creek’s biodiversity will need to be weighed up against an extra 4,600 people, vermin, pets, litter, two extra schools and a highly modified environment. That is part and parcel of urban sprawl and its impact on biodiversity and species extinction well documented.
The Spring Creek ‘buffer’ is inadequate to support the needs even of existing wildlife.  Is this an appropriate legacy to future generations?
There is no ambition in the Precinct Plan to make it 100% renewable. Why?

What you can do:
The gold standard for authentic sustainable development has already been set by new developments like the eco-village at Currumbin in Queensland (http://theecovillage.com.au/). Check it out.
Tell Councillors we want that and not the faux “sustainable development’ on offer.
Join our group. We can be contacted via Surf Coast Energy Group (SCEG) at: info@sceg.org.au or 3228 Residents Association (3228ra) at info@3228ra.org

Battery powered homes

There’s lots of excitement at the moment around the possibilities of home battery storage.
The following extact is from ABC Catalyst – broadcast on ABC on Tuesday 2 February 2016.

“There’s a power revolution heading for our homes; a device that allows you to take power into your own hands. Its batteries, home batteries, and they’ve been called the holy grail of renewables; ;the key to the transition away from fossil fuels. Australia is at the vanguard of this reoolution – we will be one of the first countries in the world to experience the transition to the battery powered home. Find out how you can be part of it.
Watch it now: www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4398364.htm

Sustainable Living Festival

The  Sustainable Living Festival is on again starting this weekend until the end of the month and you don’t have to go to Melbourne!
The creative arts and ecology collide in the inaugural Geelong Environmental Film Festival on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th February.
With a collection of new and inspiring short, animated and featured films, keynote speakers and panel guests will discuss environmental issues, storytelling, research and filmmaking tips.
Keynote speakers include Tim Silverwood, Hannie Rayson, Trevor Almeida and Neil Blake, along with a selection of panellists from the arts, science, research and film industry.
Tickets are $10 for day sessions and $15 for evening sessions More info.

If you’re keen to go Melbourne and further afield you’ll find all sorts of interesting events, talks, workshops, films and more. Check out the Festival program

Trivia Nights to Tackle Ocean Pollution

Surfer, quizmaster and ocean lover Anthony Hill is touring Australia holding presentations in schools and Family Trivia Nights to raise awareness and educate communities on the growing problem of plastic pollution.
His social enterprise, PLASTIC POLLUTION SOLUTIONS has successfully held over 90 events around Australia and will be based on the Surf Coast during February and March. Anthony’s campaign to raise awareness of the damage plastic pollution is causing to our environment started in Sydney in September 2014, and Anthony has now held over 90 events in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria with attendances regularly around 200 people. Read more and make sure you get along to the next Surf Coast Green Drinks where Anthony will be presenting and then join in with Family Trivia Nights at the Lorne SLSC on Saturday, 13th February 5:30 pm; at The Grant Pavilion (1 Merrijig Dr Torquay) on 26 February at  5.30pm;  or Aireys Inlet Primary School on March 4 time TBC. For all the latest see Plastic Bag Free Torquay’s facebook page or check out Family Trivia Tour website.

Tasmania’s Forest Fires

A vast area of Western Tasmania has been destroyed by bushfires, initiated by lightning strike. The area includes exceedingly rare and ancient vegetation communities that have not evolved with fire. When burnt they do not recover.
Are these destructive fires a result of climate change? What can be done?
Read the article that appeared recently in ‘The Conversation’ by  David Bowman Professor, Environmental Change Biology, University of Tasmania

People Power

Here’s a petition to add your name to asking Australia’s federal and state governments to make rooftop solar mandatory on new homes https://www.change.org/p/malcolm-turnbull-legislate-mandatory-installation-of-solar-panels-on-all-new-housing-in-australia
The petition has attracted 12,000 signature in a week – help them reach the target of 15,000.

Get involved:

SCEG Committee meetings are the second Tuesday of the month 7pm – this month venue TBD, Tuesday 9 February.SCEG Community Solar Group usually meets the 3rd Monday of each month 7pm at TOPS

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