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NREG’s first Open Space event a great success

NREG Community Forum

Over the weekend NREG held our first Open Space event at Dunsborough Bay Yacht Club, where members of the community came together to share conversations, thoughts and action on how to make the South West carbon neutral. The event was a great success with around 40 passionate people turning out to get involved. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, and the stunning blue water of Geographe Bay reminding us all that we must continue to protect the natural environment that surrounds us and sustains us.

We would like to thank Erin and Casper Adson for presenting the Open Space Forum to the group, where every person who attended had the opportunity to contribute to the discussion, set the agenda and make plans for action. with the main questions being “How do we make the South West carbon neutral? What could you do? What are your ideas? Can you make a difference?

The following are just a flavour of the conversations that were had:

  • Development of a large scale ‘virtual’ renewable energy power plant in the region;
  • Household LED lights bulk buy;
  • Reducing household waste – approaching supermarkets to create waste reduction group
  • Peer to Peer Energy Trading – how to bypass Western Power / Synergy and sell direct to your neighbours;
  • Large scale renewable energy project for Dunsborough – Concept study
  • Use of social media, community movie nights and education in schools to raise awareness of climate change issues;
  • Cycle Friendly Dunsborough – Lobby the City of Busselton to improve local cycle paths;
  • Develop a Stakeholder engagement group –to regularly focus on building key relationships for NREG;
  • Tree planting – bulk buy of citrus trees to make street verges edible.

Click here to download the full Book of Proceedings
(Includes all our event notes and actions from the day)

Funding Received

NREG has been in communication with the City of Busselton as our work and ideas align with the community section of their 2014-2019 Energy Action Plan.

Their vision: “A vibrant and cohesive community that protects its natural environment, meets the needs of its population and ensures that future development maintains the City’s unique character, lifestyle
and community values.”

We would like to thank the City for providing us with a $500 grant to assist with running the forum.

Since commencing the action plan the City has implemented a number of energy saving initiatives that have resulted in lower greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs and installed a number of solar PV systems on community buildings.

  • 5 kW at the Geographe Leisure Centre
  • 2.66 kW at the Naturaliste Community Centre
  • 6.84 kW at the Busselton Administration Office
  • 3.5 kW at the Busselton Community Resource Centre

It is estimated these existing PV systems generate over 30,000 kWh of electricity and reduce carbon emissions by over 26 tonnes per annum.

Download the City of Busselton’s Energy Action Plan here

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