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Newsletter December 2021

Dear Members and supporters, As 2021 rushes to a conclusion the SCEG committee has never been so busy. SCEG has always been about tackling climate change and sustainability, but we’ve sharpened that focus in recent times with the ‘E’ in SCEG signifying not just Energy but also Ecology, Economy and Equity. This very deliberate step acknowledges that it is not …

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Surfers Appreciating Natural Environment Working Bee

On Sunday 10th October the Surfers Appreciating Natural Environment (SANE) carried out another working bee to remove Gorse. It was the 3rd one for this year. They say timing is everything and the removal of another huge amount stopped short the production of tens of thousands of rapidly maturing seeds. As the big pile of Gorse grew over the morning …

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Newsletter June 2021

Dear Members and supporters, Please find below the latest SCEG newsletter.  You’ll see that this bumper edition focuses on SCEG’s work around the Protect Spring Creek campaign and the Distinctive Areas & Landscapes (DAL) process.  This has been a huge focus for SCEG in the past year or two and continues to be.  I’d like to send a big shout-out …

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Hands Off Spring Creek

By now, you may be aware that the State Government is conducting a public consultation on the Surf Coast Distinctive Area and Landscape Draft Statement of Planning Policy – a policy which will decide the future of the Torquay and Jan Juc townships.   The formal consultation now underway is the culmination of a long and drawn out process.  It was …

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Newsletter 2020

In response to a very helpful email from one of our members, your committee unanimously agreed that we haven’t been communicating with our membership well. In response we’re pleased to say that’s been spectacularly turned around with this newsletter. A huge thankyou to our new committee member Isabelle Asfar who not only created this newsletter but also instigated a ground-breaking …

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Think Resilience

We live in a time of tremendous political, environmental, and economic upheaval with many of us wondering, “But what can I do?” The Surf Coast Energy Group (SCEG) has invested in an initiative to make this easy for all Surf Coast Shire and Greater Geelong residents. Sign up today to receive directly to your phone the acclaimed Think Resilience program. …

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Out and About

The Community of Leaders is a program funded through GORCC Coast Grant Program and focuses on building relationships with local places by going Out and About. Out and About is a project that focuses on spending time with the environment to build relationships that influence how we act and take care of the land, waterways, vegetation, animals, and insects. See www.goingoutandabout.net for …

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In a canter? On who’s horse?

As the world meets in Madrid for the COP25, the federal government claims that Australia is on track to meet its emission reduction targets.  PM Morrison has claimed numerous times that we’ll “meet Paris in a canter”.  Officially, our target is a modest 26% reduction from 2005 levels.  Certainly not impressive (when say, compared with the UK’s target of 57% …

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Victoria: Lead on Community Energy – Community Groups Brief

While the Federal Government ignores the climate crisis, communities around the country are getting on with the transition to renewables. But without federal energy or climate policy many community energy projects may never come to fruition.   That’s why we’re joining with Community Power Agency, the Coalition for Community Energy and Friends of the Earth to call on the Victorian Government …